The Press: The Pencil v. the Lens

Down front at Illinois State Treasurer Joseph Lohman's press conference, the television cameras and flood lamps were already in place, and TV technicians and newsmen had grabbed off many of the choice center seats. Making his way past them, the old reporter from a Chicago daily turned a baleful eye on the electronic newsmen. "Gentlemen," he said scornfully. "Technicians. Mechanics. Overpaid jerks!''

This scene last week gave clear evidence that the decade-old civil war between pencil and TV newsmen is still being fought. Indeed, new broadsides have erupted from California to New York over a new issue: segregation, or separate-but-equal press conferences.


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