The Capital: Being Candid with Kandy

When Martha Mitchell's runaway tongue provoked demands that Husband John silence her (TIME, Dec. 5), the Attorney General responded with the bemused suggestion that she speak henceforth in Swahili. Last week, his glacial restraint thawed by two Scotch-and-waters and the gentle prodding of Kandy Stroud, an attractive blonde reporter for Women's Wear Daily, John Mitchell topped even Martha at her loquacious best.

The Justice Department complained later that the conversation with Kandy at a Women's National Press Club party was not an interview, that her account was "inaccurate" and that it resulted...

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