TELEVISION: Baying at the Moon

"Damn it," said David Susskind last week, "I don't think I'm a wild egomaniac destroying Western civilization. I did my best with Khrushchev."

That he had. The question was whether Susskind's best was good enough, as he faced the Premier of the Soviet Union for some two hours on TV's Open End (recognizing that he was overmatched, Susskind had asked Khrushchev if he would meet with a panel of experts, but K. refused). It could not have been a more incongruous interview—or a more fascinating sideshow—if Rumpelstiltskin had been interrogating Jimmy Hoffa, and about as much useful information resulted.

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