The Press: Dangerous Vacuum?

"It has been four months and eight days since President Eisenhower last met with the press to answer questions," wrote Columnist Roscoe Drummond in the New York Herald Tribune last week. Freeing Ike from the strain of press conferences has been justified, said Drummond, but by now the absence of direct contact between President and press has created a "dangerous vacuum"—harmful to the President, the public and the functioning of the Government. Drummond suggested that Presidential Assistant Sherman Adams might hold weekly press conferences until Ike is ready, or that Presidential Press Secretary James C. Hagerty could accept a weekly sheaf...

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