Tarry for the Nonce

June 2, 2005

A Sore Throat?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 10:55 am

The New York Times has an opinion of Mark Felt and his emerging motives:

On Wednesday, word came that the family of Mr. Felt, the ailing, 91-year-old former No. 2 official of the F.B.I., had sought payment in vain for his story after failing to reach a collaborative agreement with Mr. Woodward – not only from Vanity Fair, but also from People magazine and HarperCollins Books. They are apparently still determined to claim their share of the story that helped make Mr. Woodward a famous millionaire.

“It’s doing me good,” Mr. Felt told reporters outside his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., when asked how he was reacting to the publicity. “I’ll arrange to write a book or something, and collect all the money I can.”

Mark, you can add “mercenary” to my list of adjectives, but I suppose you can’t blame him for wanting a piece of the pie.

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4 Comments

  1. Wait, he’s looking to make some money off of a book deal of his story?

    Wow, no one has ever done that before.

    Comment by Mark — June 2, 2005 @ 11:22 am

  2. LOL. I would almost say “touche,” but for the fact that not one of those examples is a book describing the sordid details about how the author brought down a political office. In fact, all of them – except Pat Buchanan – seem to be writing their personal musings on leadership, patriotism and principle.

    But you are correct in that they profit from it. They just do it more pleasantly.

    It probably says more about the American public that Felt and Woodward can make a mint by rehashing a 1970s scandal.

    Comment by laura — June 2, 2005 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Well if you’re going to get that picky about it

    Comment by Mark — June 3, 2005 @ 10:12 am

  4. LOL. OKay, now I will say “touche.”

    Comment by laura — June 3, 2005 @ 5:25 pm


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