The Press: The President & the Press

One day last week Harry Truman held a press conference. It lasted just five minutes: from 4:05 to 4:10 p.m. Between the time the President said all right, he was ready to start, until a bellwether newsman blurted the traditional "Thank you, Mr. President," Harry Truman announced to the 223 reporters that he had appointed: 1) a new Supreme Court Justice; 2) a new Secretary of War; and 3) a man to dispose of the $90 billion of Surplus Property. He had also, he said, reorganized the Labor Department and accepted the resignation of...