The Press: New White House Blast

After his April 30 television address announcing the departures of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Richard Kleindienst and John Dean from his Administration, a chastened Richard Nixon paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room. There he told startled reporters to "continue to give me hell every time you think I'm wrong." That truce flag fluttered only briefly, and now hostilities between the Administration and the press are more intense than ever. Nixon's Oct. 26 outburst at TV's "outrageous, vicious, distorted reporting" was quickly echoed last week by his staff, in-laws and...

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