The Press: Presidents and the Tube

President Nixon's abrupt schedule changes kept the three TV networks off balance last week. First they had to go through the motions of sweeping aside an estimated $250,000 worth of prime-time programs for a Wednesday night speech on the Watergate tapes case. Then the White House decided on a Thursday night press conference instead. Preoccupation with the Middle East problem put that off until Friday. At no time did TV executives, or anyone else, question the President's right to a national audience of 60 million or more when he wanted it.

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