Trump’s offering the press a chance to step up and be the Cronkite to his Nixon.
So far it’s dropping the ball.
On Nov13 1969 then Vice President Spiro Agnew passionately denounced television news broadcasters as a biased ‘unelected elite’ who subjected President Richard M. Nixon’s speeches to instant analysis.
Disagreeing with the views expressed by broadcasters like Walter Cronkite Agnew argued that the president had a ‘right’ to communicate directly with the people without having his words ‘characterized through the prejudices of hostile critics’.
When Agnew went on to call for greater government regulation of the media’s ‘virtual monopoly’ on public information,Cronkite responded that such a call was ‘an implied threat to freedom of speech in this country’.Sound familiar?(cont..)