The Press: Lost Confidence

Barely a month ago, journalists were vigorously applauding President Ford for naming Jerald F. terHorst, respected Washington bureau chief of the Detroit News, as White House press secretary. To reporters who had wearied of slugging it out with the obdurate Ronald Ziegler, the terHorst appointment marked what seemed like the beginning of a new era of presidential accessibility and candor. Ford and terHorst promised a "completely open" White House, and the press generally responded by making the new President's first heady weeks in office one of the warmest such interludes on record.

TerHorst's sudden resignation over the Nixon pardon appears to...

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