The Press: Instant Replay on Nixon

"These guys are damned able reporters," says a former aide to Richard Nixon. "I have a high respect for them. But the tapestry they've woven is a bad one."

That criticism of the new Bob Woodward-Carl Bernstein Watergate book, The Final Days (Simon & Schuster; $10.95), is typical of the reaction of most Nixon associates. By and large: 1) they make no claims that the book contains any substantial factual errors; 2) they protest that the total portrayal is a distortion; 3) they offer criticism with the stipulation that the source of the complaint...

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