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Edward Sorel, born 1929  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham, 6 Jun 1917 - 17 Jul 2001  Search this
John Newton Mitchell, 15 Sep 1913 - 9 Nov 1988  Search this
Colored pencil on paper
Image: 48.1 × 56.5 cm (18 15/16 × 22 1/4")
Mount: 49.4 × 56.5 cm (19 7/16 × 22 1/4")
September 1972
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The relationship between Washington Post owner and publisher Katharine Graham and Attorney General John N. Mitchell began cordially. In 1971, Mitchell praised the Post for correcting a misquote: “Now you can see why I say the Post is the best paper in the country.” Graham later commented in her memoir, “I should have framed the letter.” The following year, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, both Washington Post journalists, asked Mitchell to comment on his role in the Watergate scandal. Yelling at Bernstein over the phone, Mitchell denied authorizing $250,000 for the break-in when he was director of the Committee to Re-Elect the President: “Katie Graham’s gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published,” he threatened. Bernstein quoted Mitchell, omitting the slang.
In a clever reversal, this 1972 caricature presents Graham waving goodbye to Mitchell, who, wearing a prisoner’s uniform, is caught in a clothes wringer. In 1975, Mitchell was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury, and imprisoned.
Procurador general John N. Mitchell 1913–1988
La relación entre la propietaria y editora del Washington Post, Katharine Graham, y el procurador general John N. Mitchell comenzó de manera cordial. En 1971, Mitchell elogió al Post por corregir una cita errónea: “Ahora ven porque digo que el Post es el mejor periódico del país”. Graham comentó después en sus memorias: “Debería haber enmarcado la carta”. Al año siguiente, Bob Woodward y Carl Bernstein, ambos periodistas del Washington Post, le pidieron a Mitchell que hablara sobre su implicación en el escándalo de Watergate. Mitchell, gritándole a Bernstein por teléfono, negó haber autorizado el pago de $250,000 para el robo cuando era director del Comité por la Reelección del Presidente: “Katie Graham se va a pillar algo más que los dedos si eso se publica”, dijo amenazante. Bernstein citó a Mitchell, omitiendo el argot.
En una astuta inversión de roles, esta caricatura de 1972 presenta a Graham despidiéndose de Mitchell que, con un uniforme de presidiario, queda atrapado en un escurridor. En 1975, Mitchell fue condenado y encarcelado por conspiración, obstrucción de la justicia y perjurio.
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John Newton Mitchell: Male  Search this
John Newton Mitchell: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\US Attorney General  Search this
John Newton Mitchell: Politics and Government\Campaign director  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham: Female  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham: Journalism and Media\Newspaper publisher  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Business executive\Media industry executive  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Katharine Meyer Graham: Literature\Writer\Autobiographer  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of an anonymous donor
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