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: Bernstein, why don't you finish one story before trying to get on another? Carl Bernstein
: I finished it. Harry Rosenfeld
: The Virginia legislature story? Carl Bernstein
: I finished it. Harry Rosenfeld
: All right, give it to me. Carl Bernstein
: I'm just polishing it.
: Ken Clawson told me he wrote the Canuck letter. Carl Bernstein
: The letter that said Muskie was slurring the Canadians. Bob Woodward
: Clawson. Carl Bernstein
: The deputy director of White House communications wrote the Canuck letter. When'd he tell you this? Sally Aiken
: When we were having drinks. Carl Bernstein
: Where were you? Sally Aiken
: My apartment. Carl Bernstein
: When did you say he told you? Sally Aiken
: Two weeks ago. Carl Bernstein
: What else did he say? He didn't say anything? Come on, you're hedging. Bob Woodward
: Do you think he said it to impress you, to try to get you to go to bed with him? Carl Bernstein
: Jesus! Bob Woodward
: No, I want to hear her say it. Do you think he said that to impress you, to try to get you to go to bed with him? Carl Bernstein
: Why did it take you two weeks to tell us this, Sally? Sally Aiken
: I guess I don't have the taste for the jugular you guys have.
: Boy, that woman was paranoid! At one point I - I suddenly wondered how high up this thing goes, and her paranoia finally got to me, and I thought what we had was so hot that any minute CBS or NBC were going to come in through the windows and take the story away. Bob Woodward
: You're both paranoid. She's afraid of John Mitchell, and you're afraid of Walter Cronkite.
: Segretti crisscrossed the country, at least a dozen times. And always stayed in cities where there were Democratic primaries. Carl Bernstein
: So if the break-in was just one incident in a campaign of sabotage that began a whole year before Watergate... Bob Woodward
: Then for the first time the break-in makes sense. Carl Bernstein
: This isn't so crazy. This whole thing didn't start with the bugging of the headquarters. Bob Woodward
: Segretti was doing this a year before the bugging. Carl Bernstein
: And a year before, Nixon wasn't slaughtering Muskie, he was running behind Muskie, before Muskie self-destructed. Bob Woodward
: *If* he self-destructed!
: Bernstein, are you sure on this story? Carl Bernstein
: Absolutely. Ben Bradlee
: Woodward? Carl Bernstein
: I'm sure. Ben Bradlee
: I'm not. It still seems thin. Howard Simons
: Get another source.
: Bob, listen, I think I've got something, I don't know what it is. But somewhere in this world there is a Kenneth H. Dahlberg, and we gotta get to him before the New York Times does, because I think they've got the same information.
: Then can we use their names? Carl Bernstein
: No. Ben Bradlee
: Goddammit, when is somebody going to go on the record in this story? You guys are about to write a story that says the former Attorney General, the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in this country, is a crook! Just be sure you're right.
: This is an honest house. Bob Woodward
: That's why we'd like to see your husband. Carl Bernstein
: Facing certain criminal charges that might be brought against some people that are innocent, we just feel that it would be... Bob Woodward
: It's really for his benefit. Debbie Sloan
: No, it's not. Bob Woodward
: No. It's not. Hugh Sloan Jr.
: Deborah, tell them to come in.
: All these checks from Mexico? Dardis
: See? Carl Bernstein
: How come? Did the money originate there? Dardis
: Well, I doubt it started off as pesos.
: [Walking up to the Sloans' house
] All these neat, little houses and all these nice, little streets... It's hard to believe that something's wrong with some of those little houses. Bob Woodward
: No, it isn't.
: What was that term you used when you screwed up something? Donald H. Segretti
: We're rat-fuckin'.
[Woodward is woken up by a call from Bernstein
] Carl Bernstein
: Woodward, What did you find out? What did he say? Bob Woodward
: What time is it? Carl Bernstein
: You fell asleep? Bob Woodward
: Oh God dammit!
[Woodward hangs up and runs out the door, realizing that he forgot about his secret meeting with Deep Throat
: I think it's Magruder. Bob Woodward
: I think it's Magruder too. Carl Bernstein
: Why do you think it's Magruder? Bob Woodward
: Because he was second in command under Mitchell. Why do you think it's Magruder? Carl Bernstein
: [Carl gets up and goes to open a jar of cookies
] I think it's Magruder because at one time he was the temporary head of the Committee to Re-Elect before Mitchell.
[he flings one at Bob who, still furiously typing away, catches it without missing a beat
] Bob Woodward
: I don't want a cookie.
: [on phone
] You tell your publisher, tell Katie Graham she's gonna get her tit caught in a big wringer if that's published. Ben Bradlee
] He really said that about Mrs. Graham? Carl Bernstein
] Ben Bradlee
: Well, I'd cut the words "her tit" and print it. Carl Bernstein
: Why? Ben Bradlee
: This is a family newspaper.