The Press: Into the Fire

When Nixon Speechwriter William Safire left the White House last January to become a columnist for the New York Times, most saw the move as a peace offering from Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger to the newly re-elected Administration. On an Op-Ed page dominated by such consistent Nixon critics as James Reston, Tom Wicker and Anthony Lewis, Safire could provide a steady injection of pro-Administration counterpoint. But the new commentator had knocked out exactly one column (on April 16) before the President made his first public admission of White House involvement in the Watergate...

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