The Press: In the Bull's-Eye

John Kennedy once said that the news conference puts "the President in the bull's-eye." Richard Nixon so thoroughly agrees that he has held fewer news sessions than any of his recent predecessors. Now when he is close to the nadir of his popularity as President, Nixon is not only braving the arrows but deftly turning news conferences to his advantage.

The process is hardly painless. At San Clemente three weeks ago, when he faced newsmen for the first time in five months, the President was visibly tense as he underwent unusually harsh questioning (TIME,...

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