Description: Episode #53 OBD: Mar-65 TRT: 60 min Description #1: This month AT ISSUE features an extensive assessment of the relationship between the president and the press during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Highlight of the program is an exclusive interview with Pierre Salinger, White House press secretary for the late President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Salinger discusses his role in President Johnson’s decision to hold diversified kinds of press conferences, White House news policies during the Kennedy administration, the delicate relationship between the president and the press, President Kennedy’s attitude toward newsmen, and the sources of news other than the president available to Washington reporters during the Kennedy years. AT ISSUE producer Andrew Stern conducts the interview with the former White House press secretary. Following the interview, four Washington correspondents discuss current criticisms of President Lyndon Johnson’s handling of the press. The newsmen are Alan Otten, Wall Street Journal; Ben Bagdikan, Saturday Evening Post; Douglas Kiker, New York Herald Tribune; and Philip Potter, Baltimore Sun. AT ISSUE: THE PRESIDENT AND THE NEWS A 1965 production of National Educational Television Executive producer: Alvin Perlmutter Producer: Andrew Stern Description #2: Pierre Salinger appears in an exclusive interview when National Educational Television assesses the deepening rift between President Lyndon Johnson and the press on “At Issue: The President and the News.” Mr. Salinger, White House press secretary for the late President John Kennedy, offers revealing insight into the process of White House news disseminating during both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The former presidential press aide discusses his role in President’s Johnson’s decision to hold diversified press conferences; the value of the presidential press conference, the sensitivity of the relationship between the president and the press; news policies during the Kennedy years; and the late president’s attitude toward the fourth estate. Following the interview, four prominent Washington news correspondents examine the current controversy surrounding President Johnson’s handling of the press. The newsmen are Alan Otten, Wall Street Journal, Ben Bagdikan, Saturday Evening Post; Douglas Kiker, New York Herald Tribune, and Philip Potter, Baltimore Sun. Discussion by the quartet covers such topics as the charge that the President’s back grounding sessions are often misleading and useless, the need for regularly scheduled, pre-announced presidential news conferences, and the lack of available Washington news sources other than the President himself. “At Issue: The President and the News” will be broadcast across the country on the National Educational Television’s network of 90 affiliated non-commercial stations. The executive producer is Alvin Perlmutter and the producer is Andrew Stern. The director is Robert Squier and the associate producer is Lois Shaw.
Keywords: women's rights
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