The Press: Few Tears for Ted

Spiro Agnew's abdication produced some interesting shifts of tone among editorial writers, columnists and TV commentators last week. Some of the journalists who had clashed most bitterly with Agnew in the past showed considerable restraint in burying their old adversary. Others who had been relatively sympathetic, perhaps feeling that they had been betrayed, were more harsh.

Speaking hours after Agnew resigned, NBC'S David Brinkley—long a favorite Agnew target—described Agnew returning to Baltimore as "a tragic and almost pathetic figure." A night later, CBS'S Eric Sevareid paraphrased an English proverb to suggest that Agnew's...

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