Not that Woodward was a particular hero of mine; Washington is too cynical a place to have heroes. I do like the movie of All the Presidents Men though -- not to mention the idea of it. Bravery in the face of peril! Nighttime skulking! Persistence leading to, finally, success!
So the most depressing, discouraging aspect of the recent revelations about Good Old Bob, to me, is that he didn't admit to his involvement in the case while the investigation was going on because he DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO JAIL. He was working on a book, you know ... It just wasn't a good time.
Awesome, Bob! Way to go, invoking the old Chicken Defense. You've made JUDY MILLER look noble by comparison.