The Press: Barbed Pity

The press's unlove affair with Richard M. Nixon is longstanding. In the 1960 presidential campaign, it could almost be measured in the air, like humidity. It was not just that most of the reporters traveling with him were Democrats (as most of their publishers were Republicans). There were also marked differences in atmosphere in the two candidates' camps that made for subtle influences in reporting: Kennedy and his advisers were available and affable; Nixon seemed suspicious of the press during the campaign and was often reclusive.

This year, as he hit the political comeback trail, an early aspirant to the governorship of...

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