The Press: How to Rehearse for Deception

The problem before White House aides last October was how to respond to news reports that Dwight Chapin, then the President's appointments secretary, had hired Lawyer Donald Segretti and directed him in political sabotage. John Dean last week supplied the Ervin committee with a transcript of a "practice session" in which four officials coached Ronald Ziegler.

Impersonating both hostile reporters and Ziegler himself, John Ehrlichman, Chapin, Dean and Special Presidential Counsel Richard A. Moore alternately badgered Ziegler with expected questions and brainstormed lines of counterattack. Although the transcript does not always identify...

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