Capital Notes: Behind the Scenes

Getting the Facts

Even while adopting a give-him-a-chance attitude, Washington newsmen already are beginning to wonder if likable Pierre Salinger will live up to the professional performance of his predecessor as presidential press secretary. Unlike Jim Hagerty, Salinger sits in on few top-level conferences with his boss, thus often has to turn back questions with guesswork (not always accurate) or with: "I don't know, I wasn't there." Last week Salinger led off an answer with his customary "I believe that . . ." and got barked at by one fed-up reporter: "I don't...

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