Press: Striking Back

Jody Powell settles some scores

For cordial hostility, few relationships rival the unstable truce between Washington reporters, who chafe at having news doled out by the teaspoonful, and presidential press secretaries, who often view journalists as carping nihilists incapable of admitting they are wrong.

Journalists air their gripes in public, while political staffers dream of getting even.

Jody Powell, who as President Jimmy Carter's press secretary once poured a glass of wine over ABC News Correspondent Sam Donaldson, now has found a more poetic means of revenge.

In his memoir The Other Side of the Story, to be published by William Morrow in April, Powell...

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