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The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern

February 16, 2017

The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern

Ron Nessen has seen the relationship between president and press from both sides of the lectern -- in fact, one of his books is titled "It Sure Looks Different from the Inside." As an NBC News Correspondent, Ron covered President Richard Nixon's Vice President Spiro Agnew, who denounced the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." He then moved on to cover Gerald Ford when he replaced Agnew, and became White House correspondent when Ford succeeded Nixon. Ford later asked Ron to become his press secretary to deal with controversies such as the Nixon pardon and an economy in recession. Ron also had five tours of duty for NBC News covering the war in Vietnam. In this Update-1 podcast with longtime broadcast journalist and National Press Club colleague Irv Chapman, Nessen discusses his varied experiences and applies them to today's White House doings.

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