The Press: Defending Nixon

Most of the press comment on Richard Nixon's involvement in Watergate is highly critical, and skepticism over the President's disclaimers is widespread among editorial writers and columnists. But a minority have been expressing varying degrees of sympathy with Nixon. They seem to be governed either by a firm belief in his personal integrity or by the conviction that his innocence must—for the good of the country—be assumed unless hard facts disprove it.

A few Nixon defenders have vehemently challenged the press's role in Watergate. Last week Franklin B.

Smith, editorial-page editor of the Burlington,...

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