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November 28, 2005


Woodward's Ways

A day after their colleague David Broder took Bob Woodward to task on Meet the Press for witholding information about his role in the CIA leak investigation, Howard Kurtz dissects his career and "unusual relationship" with the Washington Post in which "he hoards newsworthy material for his books."

Kurtz says Woodward "stays on the payroll while mainly writing books from his Georgetown home, with the paper carrying excerpts -- and providing a publicity boost -- upon publication."

"Still, his track record of consistently breaking news -- the New York Times ran two front-page pieces on his book Plan of Attack, examining the prelude to the Iraq war -- is probably unmatched by any other journalist. In his 14 books since helping to unravel the Watergate scandal as a 29-year-old local reporter, Woodward has penetrated such varied institutions as the Supreme Court, the CIA and the Federal Reserve."














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