Monday, June 13, 2005

"Follow the money"

I too was duped into thinking that this famous supposed instruction to Woodward and Bernstein (and investigative journalists in general) by Deep Throat had its origin in some of the original reportage of Watergate. But no, it turns out that the line was written by William Goldman, the screenwriter of All The President's Men and The Princess Bride and the original Stepford Wives, as NYT's Frank Rich helpfully points out in a recent column. You can search for the line in a text-only copy of the original screenplay. Art rewrites life, and then life quotes art years later, thinking it was an accurate depiction of life.

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