The Press: Villain Vindicated

The sordid complex of crime, tragedy, deception and irony known as the Watergate case could be subtitled "Nixon v. the Press." Last week the White House conceded defeat poignantly, if rather belatedly. First the President, in his televised address, credited "a vigorous free press" for helping to reveal the truth. After the speech, he told reporters to "continue to give me hell whenever you think I'm wrong." Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler the next day publicly apologized to the Washington Post for his past denunciations of the paper's Watergate coverage. Spiro Agnew followed...

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