Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Coming to Grips with Reagan


The press has a long history of underestimating Ronald Reagan, which may be why it still has trouble laying a glove on him. Of course, columnists and commentators who are paid to have opinions are in there mixing all the time, but it is the reportorial press that has the problem. Reagan uses anecdotes to great political effect in his speeches, pat-a-caking them into neat, sugar-coated homilies, but his facts often turn out to be wrong. Lately, according to Lou Cannon of the Washington Post, two sets of Jewish leaders have described a...

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