The Press: New Man Up Front

John Dean's testimony last week pulverized whatever credibility White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler had retained concerning Watergate.

Dean did not accuse Ziegler of conscious participation in the coverup. In stead, his portrait of the press secretary's hapless entanglement in deception bordered on the farcical. As Dean told it, Ziegler's trusted colleagues and superiors regularly sent him into the cockpit of the White House briefing room armed with bogus information or none at all about Watergate. "Mr. Ziegler, on countless occasions," Dean testified, "asked me to brief him. I on several occasions asked...

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