NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: But Jimmy, We Hardly Knew Ye

A lot of people are having trouble finding out who Jimmy Carter is and what he stands for, but nowhere is the problem more acute than in Washington, and among its journalists. There, Carter seems to suffer less from being unknown than from being an outsider.

Carter asked for it in running against Washington. This tactic very early offended, among others, James Reston of the New York Times, long the most respected reporter in town. Reston, a man whose calls are always returned, a man not lightly placed on hold, so dominates the local scene that he writes possessively of...

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