Television: Face the Antagonist

In their week-to-week competition for big names to face their various batteries of newsmen, TV's three big panel shows have kept invitations and entreaties flowing to the Kremlin. Once, CBS's Face the Nation thought it had won the game, and got ready to televise Russia's Vyacheslav Molotov. But Molotov suddenly reneged, agreed to go on only if questions were submitted in advance. NBC's Meet the Press and ABC's Press Conference ran into the same insistence on canned questions. All three persisted, and for one of them it paid off.

Fortnight ago, CBS got a surprise telephone call from the Soviet embassy in...

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