The Press: Counting Nixon's Money

Reporting President Nixon's disclosures of his personal finances on Dec. 8. CBS' Dan Rather delivered an aside unusual on network television. He relayed the suggestion of White House officials that viewers scrutinize their newspapers and newsmagazines for fuller accounts of the story than TV could provide.

The acknowledgment of TV's limitation in clarifying so complex and voluminous a pile of data was accurate enough. But the advice that Americans turn to print for more lucid, complete reportage was only partly satisfactory

Newspapers too had a difficult time counting and tracing Nixon's money with clarity. The press's performance was mixed: massive but often confusing...

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