The Presidency: A Waste of Everybody's Time

A Waste of Everybody's Time

Television's sultan of splutter, ABC's Sam Donaldson, walked out of the East Room and, as usual, was still talking. "The fire's gone out," he boomed, his words cutting through the noise and confusion of the mass exodus from Ronald Reagan's first news conference in three months.

Whether Sam meant the fire had gone out of Reagan or out of the media, or both, was not clear. Later Sam allowed as how he meant the media had barely laid a glove on the Great Communicator through 37 minutes and 25 questions.

Sam's ears and eyes were, perhaps, telling him something about this...

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