News Watch Thomas Griffith: Mr. Optimism Meets the Skeptical Fourth Estate

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Once an actor becomes successful, he naturally looks for the kind of roles that suit him best. When an actor is President, he looks for a way of getting across to the public best. Obviously, facing sharp reportorial questioning isn't Ronald Reagan's favorite way.

He only calls a press conference when he has to, and last week he felt he had to. Too much has been building up. He might ignore a querulous press corps, but not the beginnings of a national feeling that a number of things were coming unstuck. His press conference was only his fifth as President, fewer...

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