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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Thursday, June 28, 1973 Mrs. Graham: watchdog barked Katherine Graham FOXY MOVE Would you Delieva tnat one of the greatest mining in history was touched off by a fox being hit by a lantern? It happened in Canada, and you'll find many other little-known facts about Canada this Saturday IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE WASHINGTON Publisher Katherine Graham walked into her large, clean-lined but couchy offics at The Washing- ton Post She held a single long-stemmed rose. She had been to the newsroom, three floors down on the fifth floor, where she is referred to as "The as in, "She's a good dame to work for." The television set in her of- fice had been on and was sort of off-color. On the screen, James McCord was testifying before the Senate Watergate committee. McCord's face was nearly as on this TV set as Mrs. Graham's rose. COINCIDENCE It was a fitting coincidence. For it was the 56-year-old Mrs. Groham, or rather her news- paper, or her reporters ac- tually, all three who greatly were responsible for James Mc- Cord being now in such an em- barrassing predicament. "It gets deeper and deeper, uglier and uglier, doesn't 'she said, nodding toward "Ic- Cord She has followed the case closely through its dark and labynnthian rooks and pest- PITTSBURGH PAINTS you'll love them and leave them on fora longtime summer I prices fcr time only at participating dealers Special Prices! getter Quality Exterior Oil Base or Latex.. 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Phons 328-70S4 LETHBRIDGE PITTSBURGH PAINT GLASS CENTRE 252 12th St. N. 327-1508 LETHBRIDGE holes. It was The Washington Post, virtually alone among the nation's madia, which initially pursued the Watergate story. It began on June 17, 1972, when five men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquar- ters. Post managing editor Howard Simon called Mrs. Gra- ham at home and said, "You will not believe what is going on." GREAT FAITH Although Mrs. Graham has not been directly involved in the decision-making of the in- vestigations, her influence is omnipresent. She could have squashed it at any time. But then, she says, she could rot have. "I don't mean to bs corny or she said, "but there was nothing really heroic about the whole thing. I mean, my only- decision was whether to back my editorial staff and my re- porters. Well, I have great faith in their judgment and ability. I knew we had to go ahead with the story. That's really what our business is all about. "Heroism is when you have a choice. As the story unfolded I knew we were on sound ground. You can't shut your lyes to it. Besides, we had the full backing of the corporate group. They felt as I do that cellerce on the news side and profits go hand-in-hand. It that simple. But, well, sure, I had sleepless nights.' REASON This is why: Perhaps never in historv_has one newspaper been so lero- ciously attacked by an adnunis- tration as was Tte Washington Pest in the last year. Charges of lies, shabb? and irresponsibleournalism and Erviii Continued from Page 25 nose. Strands of white hair part from the nudle of his fore- head and resemble a bird's wings flapping. He will jab the air with a craggy arthritic finger and puncture a silly statement by a witness. you've been interrogated by Sen. Ervin, said Sen. Howard Baker, R.- Tenn., committee vice chair- man, "you've been interrogat- ed by the NO CLOWN Though he is no clown, he can be clownish. When a crank in the visitors' gallery shouted that he was now running for president, Ervin retorted, "This is not the proper forum to an- nounce a candidacy for presi- dent." Ervin's blue eyes were merry as the staid Senate hear- ing room broke up. He is Southern homespun, but a graduate of Harvard Law School. He is avuncular, a Bible quoter, but also prag- matic. "Don't be misled, he's a politican like the rest of us, onily less said a peer on Capitol Hill who has known him for years. In short, Ervin Is human a most appealing quality in an age and aadministration of im- penetrable plastic. TRAGEDY said Ervin, "is a great tragedy for ,the country. But a government op- erating on a suppression of truth is worse. This country is no monarchy, where the king can do no wrong. And where it is treason to say so. We cant emulate ostriches and stick our heads in the sand." Ervin had first to conquer himself before he could real- ize his own strengths. A prob- lem in his younger days was his being as he puts it. He developed ulcers. He knew he had to curb his violent temper He read Dale Carnegie's book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living." "I learned not to regret yes- terday and not to be concerned with tomorrow and the day after he said. "It's like the old black man who said, 'I have learned to co-op- erate with the inevitable." LEARNED So Sam Ervin has not had an ulcer symptom in 35 years. He can also tell you that at a.m. on May 10, 1940, he quit smoking. He felt cigarettes were running his life. He de- cided to over again, and hasn't smoked since. He has learned that, when you admit a problem and then are honestly determined to right 't, you can He relates this phil- osophy to the Watergate scan- dal. "Despite the travail of the moment, the country will be better for it." he said. "Men in public office will become more responsible. There will be less secrecy. And leaders will understand that they are not kings who rule by divine right. "I think we can make our mistakes stepping stones to higher things." routine character assassina- tions were commonplace by the Nixonians. The newspaper's credibility was in jeopardy that's all a newspaper has really, is its said Mrs. Graham.) Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kans.) said in a speech last fall that the only reason the Post was so insistent upon linking the Watergate break-in to the White House was that Mrs. Graham "hated Nixon." When she happenad to run into Dole at a Washington party, she asked him about that state- ment. "Oh, you know how those things he told her. "They put something in your hands and you read it." She grimaced now, as she recalled it, and said, "No matter how outrage- ous someone's remarks might i be provsd, some of that drip, 1 drip, drip, sticks." DROPPED Stock of The Washington Post Company (which includes News- magazine as well as two Florida television stations and other media holdings) had reached an all-time high on Dec. 29, 1972, but soon plum- meted from a share to 23 and one-half. Some might have made a connection between the fall in price and the fact that the ad- ministration was challenging the renswal of the licenses of the two Post TV stations. The uncertain credibility status of the Post at the time may also have been a factor in the stock drop. However, it is true that tha stock market in general had been in a down period. "We had to be concerned Clark Mollenhoff about whether we were being used by Democrats, or even the Republicans who to discredit us. We asked our- selves if there was some enor- mous Kafka said Mrs- Graham. She added that this was the most difficult perir for the paper, even tougher trian when the Post printed the Pen- tagon Papers, after the New York Times had bsen forced to desist publishing by court order. ESPIONAGE The paper continued to root out the apparent political espi- onage and the cynical attempts at obstructing justice by the administration, despite the dis- belief, skepticism and lacfc of help by much of the Cation's media. "It was fantastic to think said Mrs. Graham. "And all of us were asking, why was this happening when obviously the campaign was so unbalanced against McGovern." She said no one wanted to be- lieve that Nixon's re-election committee would have been so corrupt under those circum- stances. As for the Post being alone for so long in reporting the Watergate case, Mrs. Graham said, "Not many in Washing- ton are equipped to do this kind of police reporting. It's pretty grungy work and so few have the manpower. And when it be- gan coming to light, we had the sources and it was hard for the Others to catch up." DIGGING Mrs. Graham encouraged the reportorial digging, and the ac- curacy of facts, in two ways. First, as Bradke says, there has been created an overpower- ing atmosphere of profession- alism" at the paper. So all facts were checked two and three times. Secondly, there was the personal sense of out- rage Mrs. Graham felt toward the apparent criminal acts of the administration. "People thought it was all right to dp wrong things for m said Mrs. Graham. "The atmosphere of the administra- tion was one of helping to cor- rupt tha judicial process the structure of the nation." Needless to say, Mrs. Gra- ham derived satisfaction not to mention a kind of peace of mind when the Post proved right and the administration wrong. In effect, it meant that she and the Post were also cor- rect in this case about the integ- rity and responsibility of Am- erican journalism. ESSENTIAL The exposure of the Water- gate scandal, which probably could not have been accom- plished unless sources knew their identities would be kept confidealtial by reporters, il- lustrates a point which Krs. Graham believes is essential for the public to understand. That is, the role of newspapers as a watchdog for the public cannot be accomplished fully without the freedom of reporters to keep sources confidential. In recent years, however, the courts in a few instances have jailed reporters for not reveal- ing sources. Mrs. Graham says she does not like to be interviewed. "The she said, "should be the chorus in the play, not the char- acters." Yet it is undeniable that The Post is a character in this sordid melodrama called Watergate. And for a long time, it had been the only sleuth in town. Mrs. Graham said that In her most difficult moments during the investigation and the recriminations she drew on something her father, Eugene Meyer, the late owner Of the Post, had told her. 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