Nation: Superchief of Information

Every recent Administration—not only Johnson's but also Dwight Eisenhower's and John Kennedy's—has been accused of manipulating the news, or at least of an occasional lack of candor. The press wants to know everything, preferably before it happens and preferably handed to it on a silver platter. Presidents and their Administrations naturally want to feed out information as they see fit, preferably in such a way as to make them look good. Last week Richard Nixon, who has always had trouble with the press, set up a system to cushion or deflect this inevitable...