Newswatch: A Tilt Called Cynicism

In politics, candor is what comes later, after the fact. Or, as Richard Nixon said on Good Morning America: "You have to dissemble, you have to recognize that you can't say what you think about [an] individual because you may have to use him or need him some time in the future. There's a lot of hypocrisy and so forth in political life." Nixon is world class in dissembling (thus the Watergate shock about his private language). But other political figures in their new memoirs are now talking with some candor about—among other things—what they think of the press. They...

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