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Ben Bradlee

Bradlee in November 2010
Born Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee
(1921-08-26)August 26, 1921
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 21, 2014(2014-10-21) (aged 93)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Residence Laird-Dunlop House, Washington, D.C.
Nationality United States
Education Dexter School, St. Marks School
Alma mater Harvard College
Occupation Newspaper editor
Employer The Washington Post
Known for Role in exposing the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal
Spouse(s) Jean Saltonstall (m. 1942; divorced)
Antoinette Pinchot (m. 1957; divorced)
Sally Quinn (m. 1978–2014; his death)
Children Ben Jr., Dominic (Dino), Marina, Quinn

Choate family
Crowninshield family
Sargent family
Putnam family


Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor
Presidential Medal of Freedom

They cut about seven minutes from that broadcast, but it was still vital to the story's momentum.
Ben Bradlee
I must be out of it, but I don't know any good journalists who have excused Clinton's problems.
Ben Bradlee
There have been as many investigative reporters on this newspaper working on Clinton's many problems as I can remember there were working on Watergate.
Ben Bradlee
The really tough thing would have been to decide to take Woodward and Bernstein off the story. They were carrying the coal for us – in that their stories were right.
Ben Bradlee

You never monkey with the truth.
The Nixon administration really put a lot of pressure on CBS not to run the second broadcast.
Ben Bradlee
I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits.
Ben Bradlee
We made only one real mistake. And even then we were right.
You never monkey with the truth.
If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be 'gotcha' journalism, but it's also good journalism.
Ben Bradlee
Sure, some journalists use anonymous sources just because they're lazy and I think editors ought to insist on more precise identification even if they remain anonymous.
Ben Bradlee
Maybe some of today's papers have too many 'feel-good' features, but there is a lot of good news out there.
Ben Bradlee
It took us about a day and a half to find out what had gone wrong.
We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.
Ben Bradlee
The biggest difference between Kennedy and Nixon, as far as the press is concerned, is simply this: Jack Kennedy really liked newspaper people and he really enjoyed sparring with journalists.
Ben Bradlee
The champagne was flowing like the Potomac in flood.
I give Cronkite a whole lot of credit.
I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on.
Ben Bradlee