The Press: Letting It All Out

The U.S. press—often accused of nitpicking and verbal overkill—confronted a remarkable opportunity, a story in which verbal overkill was virtually impossible. The transcripts of the presidential conversations of Watergate, released by the White House around 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, were almost half as long as War and Peace. The more of this mass of material that could be got to the public, the fairer and more useful the press coverage would be, and the better prepared the nation would be to judge Richard M. Nixon.

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