The Press: THE COVERAGE: CALM AND MASSIVE

As the Nixon Administration sped to its end, Washington correspondents —packed into muggy briefing rooms, scrambling to salvage facts from an avalanche of rumors—might have succumbed to some very human emotions. They might have been gleeful over the final agony of their longtime antagonist, or at least exhilarated to report one of the biggest stories of their time. In fact, exuberance was rare. Said Chicago Daily News Washington Bureau Chief Peter Lisagor: "There was an inexorability to it all, and it turned into a death watch." CBS Correspondent Dan Rather echoed that mood...

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