Messitte pens op-ed on legacy of Ben Bradlee

President Zach Messitte co-authored an op-ed with Charles Holden, professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, on “Ben Bradlee, Spiro Agnew and the ‘Gray-Haired Grandmother Defense’” for The Baltimore Sun.

In the article, Messitte and Holden pay tribute to Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor, for the critical role he played in the 1973 resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Reflecting on an interview with Bradlee in 2006, the authors write, “Sitting in his living room 30-plus years after Agnew’s resignation, Bradlee still got animated when talking about the integrity of the journalistic process that helped bring the disgraced vice president to justice.”

Read the entire op-ed here. You can read more on the authors’ 2006 interview with Bradlee’s here. Messitte and Holden are writing a book about Spiro Agnew and the birth of the modern Republican Party.


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