Where Was the Outrage?
At some point during the Vietnam War, I was sitting with Stan at the bar of the Overseas Press Club in New York and asked why reporters covering the White House frequently lobbed softball questions at the president and his spokesmen?
“Access,” he replied. “The government has the power to deny access. If you don’t have access, you do not get news.”
I thought about it and realized that no access means no presidential press conferences, no trips on Air Force One, no battlefield credentials, no Pentagon briefings. Sans credentials, a reporter—and his news organization—are nose-to-window-pane, on the outside looking in, forced to settle for pool coverage and sloppy seconds. Viewers will migrate to other news sources, as will advertisers.
Unlike NBC or Fox, ABC has no major cable outlets where news is discussed and debated nationally 24/7 ad nauseam. It is the weakest of the four sisters. If you’re going to deny access to a network, ABC is the network of choice.
My Personal Limbo
I mentioned in an earlier edition of this e-zine that I am a registered Independent and will not be voting in today’s Pennsylvania primary. Thank God. I still haven’t a clue who I would vote for or what to do in the general election.
- National Constitution Center