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  •  Nixon had generally lousy press... (1+ / 0-)
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    As was exemplified by his bitter "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" speech in 1962.  1972, in which McGovern was unfairly savaged, was the exception, not the norm.  I still recall Agnew giving his "nattering nabobs of negativism" speeches written by Buchanan.

    I agree that things started to get bad under Reagan.  They've gotten virtually intolerable under W.  A male prostitute had a WH press pass on an almost daily basis, and the press corps largely let it slide.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 12:53:32 PM PDT

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    •  No, Nixon THOUGHT he had crappy press (0+ / 0-)

      But compared to McGovern, he was the "sensible choice". Who did all the major newspapers endorse back then?

      Go back and read Time magazine from the 50s in light of history. It was the same then as now.

      I realized this once when I was staying with some friends in their family beach house. One rainy afternoon I stumbled on some old magazines in a trunk. I read with amazement because it was the same "kool kids" syndrome we see now - and they were wrong about everything.

      •  There's a distinction between the 1 campaign... (0+ / 0-)

        and his entire career.  Nixon didn't get good press when he ran against JFK in 1960, and he didn't get good press when he ran for CA gov 2 years later.  That's why, in a hung over rage, he lashed out in "his final press conference" after losing to Brown.

        The MSM and the Nixon WH never got along well.  The NYT and the WaPo published the Pentagon Papers over the vehement objections of the WH.  The issue went all the way to the Supremes, who ruled against the WH's attempts to impose prior restraint.

        I'm old enough to remember how McGovern was crucified as a dangerous radical in the '72 campaign.  That campaign was an anomaly in the national press coverage of Nixon.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 07:50:56 AM PDT

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