The Press: David and Goliath

Two years after he left the White House, Lyndon Johnson was filming some documentaries for his favorite network, CBS. During a break, Producer John Sharnick casually asked L.B.J. about changes in politics since he first went to Congress in 1937. "All you guys in the media. All of politics have changed because of you," Johnson shot back vehemently. "You've given us a new kind of people—Teddy, Tunney. No [political] machine could ever create a Teddy Kennedy. Only you guys."

Writer David Halberstam thinks L.B.J. had a good point. So good, in fact, that Halberstam...

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