Campaign Coverage: The Republicans & the Reporters

"I'll be very interested to read the newspaper accounts," Barry Goldwater told 1,500 county government officials in Washington last week in his first major speech since he was nominated. "I won't say that the papers misquote me," he added, "but I sometimes, wonder where Christianity would be today if some of these reporters were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John."*

Goldwater's running mate, Bill Miller, echoed the theme. He complained that the press and television had over played the backing given to the Republican candidate by far-right groups and made it look as...

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