All the President's Men is the story of how two reporters from the Washington Post exposed the criminal acts by the Nixon Administration during and before the Watergate scandal. After each article, Nixon's administration would attack the Post and claim that everything in each article was completely false. However, time and time again, the Post backed up their arguments with facts and interviews from credible sources. These sources were often being followed or watched and were risking their lives to come forward with valuable information. One source, nicknamed "The Bookkeeper" put her life in danger to reveal the truth. When she first sees Carl Bernstein, she says, "Oh, my God...You're from the Washington Post. You'll have to go, I'm sorry" (Bernstein & Woodward 63). She is obviously very scared of what could happen if the talks to the reporter, but she gets over her fear to get the truth out. What she reveals is the first real big evidence that the Post acquires regarding Watergate. They use her story to fact-check a lot of the statements made by other witnesses. She was the first domino to fall in the investigation.
While "The Bookkeeper" was the first domino, a man by the nickname "Deep Throat" was the biggest domino. He worked high up in the executive branch of the White House. He was the guy confirming all of their theories. Because he was so high up in government and thus close to the President, if he was caught it would have had very bad consequences for him. One time, when "Deep Throat" did not show to a meeting, Woodward got very worried, "Deep Throat rarely missed an appointment. In the dark, cold garage, Woodward began thinking the unthinkable...Maybe Deep Throat had been spotted? People crazy enough to hire Gordon Libby and Howard Hunt were crazy enough to do other things" (Bernstein & Woodward 172). "Deep Throat" faced extreme danger, but decided that risking his life to expose the criminal acts would be worth it. He turned out to be the most important source that Bernstein or Woodward ever talked to. (In 2005, it was revealed that "Deep Throat" was actually Mark Felt, associate director of the FBI)
Both of these people risked their lives to bring the truth about the administration's wrongdoing to light. Without them, these criminal acts would have continued under Nixon and might have been a staple of US politics for quite a bit longer.
This was not the only time that brave witnesses came forward despite dangerous possible consequences to expose illegal and immoral activities, just under three weeks ago, the Washington Post reported in this article that Leigh Corfman had come forward to accuse the Republican nominee for the Alabama US Senate seat, Roy Moore, of initiating sexual encounters with her when she was fourteen and he was thirty two. Without her coming forward, the numerous other women who were also affected by this man would never have had the courage to come out. Also, a lot of people would vote for him without knowing his troubling past. She faced bad consequences in that a large portion of Alabamians liked Roy Moore and would hate her because she humiliated him possibly cost him the election. She, just like the previous two, exposed criminality and immorality and took a huge risk in doing so. All of them are heroes.
Bernstein, C., & Woodward, B. All the President's Men. Simon and Schuster, 1974
McCrummen, S., Reinhard, B., & Crites, A. "Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32" Washington Post. Accessed 28 Nov 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.b4fdfe3f8985