On the Record - Literally

Guess what: Kennedy also taped his Oval Office conversations

When the existence of Richard Nixon's self-destructive, secret taping system was dramatically revealed early one afternoon at the Senate Watergate hearings in July 1973, Democrats rose in righteous wrath to assail the President. "It's an outrage," fumed House Speaker Carl Albert. "It's so fantastic as to be almost beyond belief," stormed AFL-CIO President George Meany. "A violation of privacy," snapped Nixon's defeated 1972 election opponent, George McGovern. And when Nixon's defenders suggested that he was only doing what John F. Kennedy had quietly practiced,...

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