Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 8, 1971 · Page 6
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A*6. Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, January 8, 1971 It could be president's just smarter By John Roche There has been a good deal of controversy recently over the Presidential press conference. Mr. Nixon has been informed that according to some unidentified clause in the Constitution he has the obligation to stand v,p in front of the Washington press corps and subject himself to questioning. Beyond that, a caucus of newspapermen mnt to try to figure out how to prevent the President from escaping crucifixion. The President agreed to hold a conference, handled himself superbly, and walked off with all the marbles. Now the philosophers are at it again: the question being whether the press conference can possibly be an effective instrument for presenting the Truth to the American people. Or, to put it differently, isn't there some more effective way of nailing that slippery rascal? I hate to be the bearer of sad tidings, but I submit to m y brethren of the Washington press corps that their problem is not the lack of an instrument by which to trap the President. Regrettably from one viewpoint, fortunately from another, it happens that Richard M. Nixon is just smarter than they are. As were Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy and probably ex'ery President back to Warren G. Harding. To avoid misunderstanding, let me note thai I include myself in the category and I am not suggesting that the Washington pi ess corps is composed of nitwits. It is, by and large, a group of quite talented men and women, but it lives so close to "power" that after awhile it tends to believe that it has roughly the same constitutional status as the Supreme Court. And familiarity does breed ' contempt — if you have listened to ?, President, discussing one of his opponents 'n '.anguage tha 1 ; wouli put a first sergeant to shams, it is hard to believe that on .'mother level ',iis perception is extremely sophisticated. (I have lone boon convinced that the secret of John Kennedy's success with the press was his remarkable combination of irony and aloofness: he maintained a virtually impenetrable wall between his public nnd private lives.) Back to Mr. Nixon's Infest adventure While Hie discontented reporters, realizing they had been mopped up. were off planning an alternative. rout' 1 U» Golgotha, one of the President's staff chortled th;it there hnd not been one unanticipated question. In other words, President Nixon knows his customers and comes in loaded. Lyndon Johnson operated the same way. Two or three days before a press conference, he would gather the troops and, in his distinctive fashion, set out, the "game plan." In rapid succession he would tick off the sharpest members of the press and their current hobbies. "Now, Johnny," he would say to me, "that shrewd scoundrel X is going to try to nail me on Laos. You figure out every possible curve he can throw and draft a good response." I would go out and read everything X had written in the past six months, formulate the nastiest questions I could imagine, and suggest appropriate replies. Each of us would have a similar assignment. The night before the conference, the President would get a consolidated briefing book and by the next day the whole volume would be absorbed in his incredible mental computer. The staff would watch the performance literally scorecard In hand and, while it may be hard on the egos of some journalist friends, I must confess that we batted about .900. Indeed, on one occasion the President accused Harry McPherson of planting a question with Y; at a conference, Y has asked it in precisely the formulation McPherson had predicted! It is perhaps difficult, for the Washington press corps to operate with a President who is smarter than most of the rest of us, but in terms of the overall interests of the Republic, there is something to be said for it. King Feuuire Syndicate L&C vocational courses outlined A description of the vocational courses which will be offered for the first time at Lewis & Clark Community College during the second semester, has been outlined by the college administration. Three agriculture courses will be offered in the evening. ''Farm and Business Management" is designed for the commercial farmer who wants to improve his accounting procedures and management techniques. A '•Farm Operations and Management" course is for the part-time farmer and will cover cost control, machinery and equipment, marketing and the fundamentals of production of livestock and crops. The third ag course specializes in the selecting, purchasing, maintaining and insuring of farm equipment. An introductory or basic course on "Crime Prevention and Patrol Techniques" will include patrol procedures, mechanics of arrest, and techniques during civil disorders and disasters. Three advanced courses will be offered. "Criminal Law I" will include the theory, history, and purpose of proced- ures, evidence, criminal liability, search, arrest, and seizure. "Criminalistics" will be concerned with scientific aspects such as collection and preservation o f physical evidence, fingerprinting, photography, ballistics, and documentation. "Law Enforcement- Community Relations" will stress the connection between the conduct of the individual officer and cordial public relations. . '/4 Kpp. Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., chairman of a special Hotiso panel investigating campaign spending admit ted that campaign contributions were routed through a Washington committee, t o avoid a Massachusetts requirement to list donor's names publicly. (Al» Win-photo) ITR not involved in Illinois Termainal Railroad was not involved in a derailment as reported in Saturday's Telegraph, K. B. Wilson, Terminal president, has announced. Wilson said the derailment was a Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad Train on Penn Central Tracks. "Illinois Terminal was not involved in any way whatsoever," he said. A picture caption compiled from reports at the scene by a photographer erroneously had attributed the mishap to an "Illinois Terminal-Penn Central freight train." FRIGIDAIRE LAUNDRY PAIR Fields appointed to pardon board Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD, 111. - Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie today appointed Chicago Attorney Theodore P. Fields us chairman of the parole and pardon board. 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