Television: Face the Lottery

In their hot pursuit of headlinemakers, TV's three major news-panel shows have grown so competitive that they are forcing statesmen to new stratagems of diplomacy. When Moderator Oliver Presbrey of ABC's Press Conference began thanking Britain's Opposition Leader Hugh Gaitskell for having "chosen" to appear in a filmed edition of the show, Gaitskell broke in to ask that he change that to "accepted" the invitation. This phrasing would square him with a future host, CBS's Face the Nation, explained Gaitskell, who added discreetly that he already had promised NBC's Meet the Press first...

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