Press: Conference Call

Reporters seek more access

Probably the last thing George Bush and Michael Dukakis wanted to think about last week was how often they would meet with the press after being elected. Like any other special-interest group hoping to pin down the future President, however, a band of prominent journalists tried to get the candidates to commit themselves to the No. 1 item on the press's 1988 wish list: more news conferences.

Organized by Harvard's Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, the 21-member commission conducted a 13-month study of an institution that was born at the turn of the century when Teddy Roosevelt...

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