Television: Restrained Freedom

The autumnal, post-landslide truce between the Nixon Administration and the TV networks ended abruptly last week with a wintry blast from Indianapolis. Speaking before a local chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, Clay T. Whitehead, director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy (OTP), attacked the networks—particularly network news—with a harshness reminiscent of Vice President Agnew's florid denunciations of three years ago. Whitehead derided what he called the "ideological plugola" of TV newsmen who sell their own political views, and tartly dismissed "socalled professionals who confuse sensation with sense and who dispense...

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