Boxing The Ear

Bugs and a libel suit

The item was tucked away in a breathless potpourri of gossip on page D1 of the Washington Post. Diana McClellan, whose trendy column "The Ear" was only into its second week after shifting from the defunct Washington Star, quoted unidentified "close pals" of Rosalynn Carter as saying that Blair House, where Ronald and Nancy Reagan had stayed in preInauguration visits to Washington, "was bugged" at that time. "At least one tattler in the Carter tribe," wrote McClellan, "has described listening in to the tape itself." The item concluded: "Stay...

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