The Press: Tasteless Post-Mortem

Even a graceful loser must endure the inevitable round of post-mortems conducted by second-guessers who think they know why he lost or how he might have won. Last week it was Loser Dick Nixon's lot to suffer a post-mortem that, for pure tastelessness, rivaled Nixon's own graceless gibe at the press.

Nixon's dissector was Howard K. Smith, 48, a grey liberal who joined ABC last February after being let go by CBS because of his unconquerable tendency to overeditorialize. Smith's scalpel was a hastily assembled, half-hour TV panel discussion entitled "The Political Obituary of...

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