New York Times journalists admit: 'We missed Watergate'

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The world might never have heard of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the reporters who broke the story of Watergate, if a couple of rival journalists had followed up their tip.

Robert Smith and Robert Phelps, who were both working for the New York Times in 1972, have belatedly admitted that they were steered towards the political scandal first but never did anything about it.

Instead, Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post famously broke the story with help from their secret source, Deep Throat.

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