American Notes: Mail Call

In his two televised attacks on the news media, Vice President Spiro Agnew urged readers and viewers to join him in commenting on the performance of the nation's newspapers and television stations. Thousands accepted his invitation, and the result has been one of the greatest outpourings of mail in American journalistic history. The three major TV networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, have received more than 130,000 letters, telephone calls and telegrams, most of them supporting Agnew. Several newspapers report a greater volume of critical mail than at any time since the McCarthy...

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