The Press: Turning the Bird Dogs Loose

Moving in on Lance, newsmen were right—mostly

In one of his typically earthy metaphors, White House Press Secretary Jody Powell last week likened the reporters trailing Bert Lance to a group of over-adrenalized bird dogs. "You feed 'em and groom 'em and exercise 'em for six months," said Powell. "And then you finally turn 'em loose and they piss all over the truck and bite roots and eat butterflies. They go crazy."

No wonder Powell is unhappy. The nation's press has delivered almost daily truckloads of damning evidence about Bert Lance's banking habits and kept the story alive long after Powell and his...

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