The Press: Peking Protest

Presidential Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler was bound to be criticized no matter how he selected the 87-mem-ber press party to accompany Richard Nixon to China. After all, there had been 2,000 applications. But when the list was announced last week,* correspondents complained that Ziegler had violated his pledge that preference would be given to news organizations that regularly cover the White House.

To his credit, Ziegler sought the widest possible audience in selecting 24 newspaper correspondents who represent 119 dailies. But he gave spots to Columnists William Buckley, Joseph Kraft and Richard Wilson, who presumably could analyze just as well from afar....

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