Statement by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
“It is with great sadness that tonight I learned of the passing of Ben Bradlee at the age of 93, the former Executive Editor of the Washington Post. I knew him well and I am proud to say that he was a friend.
“He was among the preeminent journalists of his day when his great skill and courage as a professional journalist and newspaper manager came to light by putting his personal reputation on the line when he took the issue of publishing the Pentagon Papers all the way to the Supreme Court – and won – and as he oversaw two young reporters at the Washington Post, Bob Woodard and Carl Bernstein, unraveled the Watergate scandal orchestrated by the Republican National Committee and President Richard M. Nixon and his White House. The reporting by the Washington Post led to the first resignation – before he was impeached - of a sitting President in the history of the country. Ben Bradlee was at the Washington Post when newspapers meant something and had great influence.
“He didn’t always agree with me, but he was always willing to listen, challenge me, share his view and that was important. I’ve lost a friend and America has lost an important figure in American history,” Jackson concluded.