Press: Newswatch: Being Too Easy on Reagan

Being Too Easy on Reagan

Most of the Washington press corps has long since grown resigned, fatalistic or cautious about its situation. But not Boston-based New York Times Columnist Anthony Lewis, who began an angry column: "Ronald Reagan has never been more breathtaking as a politician than in the weeks since Reykjavik. He has pictured failure as success, black as white, incompetence as standing up to the Russians. And according to the polls, Americans love the performance."

In Year Six of the Reagan Administration, nobody brings up those old Watergate-era worries about an all-powerful press, able to make or break Presidents. Many journalists instead wonder whether...

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