The Press: California Poll

Hard-shell defenders of President Nixon have long protested that a biased and vindictive press is obsessed by Watergate and is inflating the story out of all proportion. Most journalists have tended to dismiss these critics as highly partisan, but a recent opinion survey indicates that dissatisfaction among readers and viewers is far more widespread. The California Poll, a statewide survey founded in 1946 by Pollster Mervin D. Field and considered by many researchers to be representative of attitudes nationwide, shows that about half the public think that print and TV journalists pay too much attention to Watergate, and that a growing...

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