Ben Bradlee’s Impact on Journalism
Author Jeff Himmelman on the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee.
- Duration 5:50
- Date May 22, 2012
Author Jeff Himmelman on the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee.
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-- at times it was kind of what I was trying to do it my whole life some years ago and then the book kinda came along and it's hard to -- to at once of the -- can take in government life for the last two or three years I would say.
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Personal portrait of Ben Bradlee.
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To neutral to out soon but I don't give a whatever.
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I think so you know.
-- -- And I think for those people have been kind of following the book in the Washington area has been a little bit of -- thoughtful -- time this kind of -- general hospital story lines.
I think that's starting to fade away as people actually read the book.
The book is a very different thing from how it's it's been described thus far and I think to people who make it into the -- see that it it isn't really.
And some of things it's been described as in the media -- Several Juan Williams is a minority report or certainly should different carriers he says -- What he had heard -- -- -- -- the -- That's been out there I -- I mean -- was so explicit with me.
At all times to the reporting process to the writing process that he never ever ever wanted me to pull punches and anyway the access was.
Unlimited I mean that without any exaggeration.
And so I think Ben was.
Ben was doing what he did with every other reporter in his career which was you trust somebody and then you -- entry.
And that's redid the paper and that's what he did with me and I think in the totality someone in that the times piece reported that somehow this book has spent and about -- That's Malarkey anybody who's read this book and -- -- thinking it has -- -- about like justice does not how to -- hundred talked to sanction sportsmen have not had not it's been two weeks.
And because all the stuff that went down in DC it's kind of waiting for the dust to settle at normalcy where -- Wonder -- also found her to transport yes I read the book with grin which is a great experience it's actually really -- -- a different like -- to have occurred to him absolutely now.
So while while while -- doctrinal problem strong because the another dust hasn't settled yet.
And I don't want to make any thing -- I don't wanna.
That this might just want to defend what sort of in the book and claimants in the book and then once I think people can understand that.
I think we'll have a much easier time across the board explain what are people most personal hundreds -- come about.
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So I was I I had worked for Bob Woodward his protege.
Earlier in my career.
I want to go play music.
When I got done with that.
About taking coming after a few months cents a share during that time he had dinner at that in Sally and was gonna right now the put -- second of the -- deal.
So -- -- much to help them.
So Ben opened up -- archives Timmy saw him help him read a book and then he decided -- go so at that moment -- slipped in and said help Quinn with his book.
And so I didn't really no point at all and it have been really really great experience -- the lovely guy and I really proud of that book that we wrote gathered.
And in the wake of that I think they trusted that he knew what it's capable of and they said what you wanna do next -- that those archives -- -- the most fascinating thing I've ever seen.
If you would let me in there I would -- to read a book about it.
And that's house -- I signed the deal in late 2008 and then spend on its way from thirty years since then how old was down then is ninety now.
It's an ID yet.
Sources also radars -- -- he's Delon he has built the last few weeks he has not been feeling well it's it's sad because of the timing of all of this.
But you know he -- -- -- every day as he says he's a stop on the tour and so the majority of but our interaction for the book was would be I'd be digging in his archives someplace that come up some memo -- -- some guy -- Unprintable explosion and I bring it into him and say you know do you remember this he might not remember the moment in that it happened but he remember that guy you remember some of the contacts -- -- -- to respond.
Like I had conversational and they remain.
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The -- -- -- has estimated that also to be -- -- this book is not based around my interviews with Panama back and talk about what happened in 1974.
Sure the vast vast vast majority of the stuff from the -- primary documents letters memos.
Old newspaper articles.
Contemporaneous interviews I've done with people more recently.
So -- that much of what Ben and me speaking together in the book is is this kind of shooting them pre.