The Press: Candor at the White House

"I wonder if there have been any discussions of a successor to Adlai Stevenson?" a newsman asked bluntly just 24 hours after Stevenson's sudden death. Had George Reedy still been White House Press Secretary, such a query would have probably drawn a curt "No comment"—plus a suggestion, perhaps, that it was indelicate in its timing. But Bill Moyers, only a week in the job, took a puff on a slim cigar and answered evenly that the President had already talked over possible replacements with his staff and would not fill the post until after the funeral services for Stevenson.

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