Former TV Host Reacts to 'Deep Throat'

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

June 2, 2005

Now that America has learned the true identity of 'Deep Throat,' the famous confidential source in the Watergate scandal, it has turned into a topic of conversation for almost everyone.

Although the name 'Deep Throat' may not mean much for those under 30, for those a little older, it was a mystery they thought would never be solved. Especially one former TV host who now lives in Crozet and remembers how much of a big deal it really was.

"It was headlines, like it is today, even more so maybe, because we were talking about a president," said Dot Lambert, a former Mississippi TV host who now lives in Crozet.

The 87-year-old remembers clearly the media frenzy during the early 70's surrounding 'Deep Throat.' As a former TV host, her most memorable interviews ranged from those with Nancy and Ronald Reagan, to legend Bob Hope. Although she never covered the Watergate scandal personally, the mystery of 'Deep Throat' was one she'd tucked away in her mind for over 30 years.

"I have to admire him for coming forth and telling this, because it's been a great mystery. How did all this happen?" she asked.

Who would have thought that former FBI official Mark Felt would reveal himself as 'Deep Throat' after so many years? Almost no one, certainly not President Bush.

"It was a revelation that caught me by surprise and I thought it was very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading about it," Bush explained.

So is Dot, who wonders how 91-year-old Felt could live with such a burning secret for so long.

"These are the things you don't expect today, and I wondered, when I heard this, I wondered how many other people have these big secrets," said Lambert.

Although, the revelation has opened the floor for mixed emotions, no one can deny it's still fascinating.

"This hasn't righted a wrong, it's just made it, to know who is responsible for it, and that is a big thing," said Lambert.

But there may be more to the 'Deep Throat' revelation. Now Nixon's former aide Charles Colson is saying 'Deep Throat' didn't act alone and that there may be other leaks.

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