NEWSWATCH: Jimmy One Term and Johnny One Note

Washington, the city of monuments, has one architectural landmark that is not widely recognized: its press corps forms the nation's largest echo chamber.

Lately that chamber has echoed with predictions that Jimmy Carter will be a one-term President. Since the thesis cannot be tested for three years, this bit of prophetic journalism deserves a closer look. For months the capital press corps had been reporting Carter's growing problems but seemed unable to get through to a public that regarded Carter as a nice guy who was trying hard. So commentators began raising their voices. The trouble is that to those who...

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