April 9, 2013

A lawsuit involving a tony Washington, D.C., school has resulted in a subpoena for Bob Woodward’s emails to Sidwell Friends, where his daughter is a student.

The case, also, is a window into the small circle of relationships at the pinnacle of Washington society. For one thing, it’s the second time in a year that the Himmelman family has caused Woodward heartburn. Liza Himmelman Huntington is the sister of Jeff Himmelman, the onetime Woodward book researcher whose semi-authorized biography last year of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee raised questions about Woodward’s Watergate reporting. In his biography, Himmelman quotes from a 1990 interview in which Bradlee said he feared Woodward had embellished some of the reporting on Watergate: “There’s a residual fear in my soul that that isn’t quite straight.” Woodward strongly objected to having his reporting questioned and called Himmelman “dishonest.” Bradlee and his wife, Sally Quinn, both issued strong statements of support for Woodward, with Bradlee saying, “I always trusted him, and I always will.”

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City…
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