Postgate: How the Washington Post Betrayed Deep Throat, Covered Up Watergate, and Began Today's Partisan Advocacy Journalism (Hardcover)

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Postgate: How the Washington Post Betrayed Deep Throat, Covered Up Watergate, and Began Today's Partisan Advocacy Journalism (Hardcover)


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Deep Throat’s lawyer discovers the Washington Post betrayed his client—while covering up the real truth about the Watergate scandal.  

The conventional wisdom of Watergate is turned on its head by Postgate, revealing that the Post did not uncover Watergate as much as it covered it up. The Nixon Administration, itself involved in a coverup, was the victim of a journalistic smoke-screen that prevented mitigation of its criminal guilt. As a result of the paper’s successful misdirection, today’s strikingly deceptive partisan journalism can be laid at the doorstep of the Washington Post.

After Deep Throat’s lawyer, author John O’Connor, discovered that the Post had betrayed his client while covering up the truth about Watergate, his indefatigable research resulted in Postgate, a profoundly shocking tale of journalistic deceit.

In an era when numerous modern media outlets rail about the guilt of their political enemies for speaking untruths, Postgate proves that the media can often credibly be viewed as the party actually guilty of deception. Americans today mistrust the major media more than ever. Postgate will prove that this distrust is richly deserved.
John O’Connor is an experienced trial lawyer, practicing law in San Francisco since 1972.  He has tried cases in state and federal court throughout the country.

He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Northern California from 1974-1979, representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases. Among his interesting assignments have been representation of the government during the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s; writing Fifth Amendment and “state of mind” briefs for the prosecution in United States v. Patricia Hearst; representing the FDIC, FSLC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s; representing California Attorney General Dan Lungren in campaign-related litigation; defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in significant smoking and health litigation; representing Coach Don Nelson in litigation with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; and representing W. Mark Felt regarding the revelation of his identity as Deep Throat.

His father, John C. O’Connor, was a former FBI agent, a prominent Indianapolis lawyer and Democratic politician, and senior partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Ruckelshaus, Bobbitt and O’Connor.

John is married, the father of three grown children, and resides in Marin County, California with his wife, the former Janet Goldman. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781642932591
ISBN-10: 1642932590
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English
"John O'Connor's Postgate is a welcome new piece of the Watergate puzzle. Part memoir as Deep Throat's attorney, part deep dive into overlooked aspects of the nation's greatest political scandal, Postgate is an investigation of the investigators—how the Washington Post crafted its coverage of Watergate, what was included and what was left out."
— Luke A. Nichter, Author of "The Nixon Tapes: 1973"

"In Postgate, Mark Felt's lawyer, John O'Connor, continues his masterful duel with Bob Woodward and the Washington Post. Having previously forced Woodward to name Felt as Deep Throat, O' Connor now uncovers in Postgate layer upon layer of deceit concealing the true story of Watergate and its journalism. It is a must-read for anyone interested in our country's most significant scandal."
— Len Colodny, Author of "Silent Coup: The Removal of a President"

"John O'Connor has done it again. The sleuthing attorney who uncovered the identity of the whistleblower of Watergate, Deep Throat—when every reporter, historian, and would-be detective failed—now sets his sights on the WHY of Watergate. More than forty-five years after the infamous break-in, pundits and politicians still cannot fathom the purpose of the botched political spy escapade. Building his case as the reader would expect from a brilliant courtroom lawyer, O'Connor takes us through the corridors of Washington power—including the Washington Post, the CIA, the FBI, and the White House—to discover the most probable answer—along with the episode's real instigators."  
— Dan Lungren, Former US Representative and Attorney General for California