The Press: Public President

After Gerald Ford took his widely televised spill on the ski slopes at Vail, Colo., Press Secretary Ron Nessen berated reporters for neglecting the President's accomplishments in office to spotlight his unfortunate footwork outside the White House. Last week syndicated Columnist Max Lerner, a liberal, added a complaint that the press has created an undeserved "ordeal of ridicule" for Ford that "will affect not only his personal showing against Reagan, which isn't so important for the nation, but also the Administration conduct of foreign and domestic policy, which is." Americans, said Lerner, "can afford to distinguish between hard slugging on...

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