A Peculiar, Melancholy Creature

All Presidents, all politicians (and not only politicians) hope to make use of the press. All arrive in Washington determined not to be unduly influenced by the press, and all fail to some degree. It is easy enough to remember, when one is greeting the voters in Indiana, that most Americans do not read the New York Times and the Washington Post or watch the evening news on ABC, CBS and NBC—or, for that matter, necessarily believe everything they read in newspapers and magazines or watch on television or hear on radio. This memory tends to become submerged once the campaign...

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