The Theater: Eavesdropping Made Easy

"I suppose some of this will leak out," growled jowly Congressman Charlie Halleek in the midst of a closed-door battle with other top Indiana Republicans last week. "It always does." What Halleck feared was that the press would get wind of a new, wide-open schism between right and left wings of Indiana's Republican Party. What he did not know was that for two hours of gory infighting in an Indianapolis hotel room, a live microphone on the table had faithfully broadcast almost every feuding word to newsmen clustered around a loudspeaker in a...

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