Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Defaming with Questions

Newswatch

It may not matter to the New York Times whether its reporter gets in a question at a presidential press'conference, but each network wants to display its White House correspondent posing a question—and avoid showing questioners from the other networks. Roone Arledge, president of ABC News, is amused when the competition feels obliged to show the President answering ABC'S Sam Donaldson, and does so with "sound bites" of incomplete sentences, so that the viewer doesn't hear Ronald Reagan familiarly addressing "Sam." Donaldson knows how to ask the burr-edged question that can't be...

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