Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Going Too Easy on Reagan?

The press conference questioning last week of Ronald Reagan, polite but persistent, surprised even the journalists themselves. William Safire called it the "tensest" Reagan conference so far. The controversy over Jimmy Carter's briefing book may soon fade, but the sharper questioning suggests a changing attitude in the press. Antagonism between the President and the press corps has been at its lowest level in 20 years. The civility has been welcome, but has the public interest been served? Lou Cannon, White House correspondent of the Washington Post and author of a first-rate biography of Ronald Reagan, says, "I think he's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!