Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 8, 1974, Page 28

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 08, 1974

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Issue date: Friday, March 8, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa <thf (Tfdttr Ihepula {fmjem openest • v/4 Harmonious Combo President Nixon sat down at the piano in the east room of the attending the National Governors Conference in Washington. Miss White House Thursday night to play for Singer Pearl Bailey. The Bailey sang several numbers inc luding “Home on tin* Range", closing occasion was a dinner honoring governors and their wives who are with “God Bless America". — UPI Telephoto — UPI Telephoto All Smiles Watergate burglar Virgilo Gonzales is all smiles on his arrival at Miami International airport Thursday after his prison release. Ile holds Ins .IT-day-old grandchild. Gaston Alonso. The1 child's mother, Maria, beams also. It was tile first time Gonzales had see n tin* bally It Is Difficult to Distinguish Between Good and Bad News By Art Buchwald WASHINGTON — In his recent speech in Huntsville, Ala , on “Honor America day" President Nixon said. “In the nation’s capital there is a tendency for partisanship to take over from statesmanship In the nation’s capital sometimes then* is a tendency in the reporting of the news — I do not say this critically, it’s simply a fact of life — that bad news is news and good news is not news." I couldn’t agree with the President more. But in fairness to the people reporting the news, the problem is not one of reporting bad news or good news but of knowing what is good news opposed to bad news. When you work in Washington it’s difficult to distinguish the difference and what may sound like bad news to President Nixon is actually good news to somebody else. For example, there was a special election in Grand Rapids, Mich , for Vicepresident Gerry Ford s congressional seat and for the first time in H4 years a Democrat won Now this was obviously bad news for the President, but it was good news for the Democrats Had the press not reported this, they wouldn’t know if they were suppressing good news or bad news. Another example of the cloudy issue of good news and bad news is former Vice-president Agnew’s secret service detail when the press played up the fact that Mr Agnew still had secret service protection and had taken a flock of them to Palm Springs to stay with Frank Sinatra, this was bad news for the administration But when the stories forced the White House to take the secret service away from Mr Agnew , this was good news for American taxpayers. Had the press not printed the bad news, then* would have never been any good news to follow up with The Agnew case proved that the revelation of bad news can have a good effect. ■Honif Dilemma Every day the Washington press corps wrestles with some great moral dilemma. Take the case of the Watergate tapes When the President decided to turn over the nine tapes to the sjM*cial prosecutor that was good news But when he discovered that two of nine did not exist, that was bad news Iii this case the President had a right to be angry. Instead of talking alwiut the seven he turned over to the special prosecutor, the press made an issue of the two that were missing I hen to implicate matters it was discovered that lS* -> minutes of one tape had been erased This was bad news But what the media failed to report was the giwid news which was that except for the 1H»v minute gap, the rest of the tape was clear as a Im ll Ka in administration officials have a hard time sorting out good news from bad news Recently Roy Ash. the head of the Office of Management and Budget said tin- energy crisis was only temporary and would soon Im- over This was good news. and for once the media revealed it Then William Simon, the energy < /ar, spoke out and said Ash didn t know what,the hell he was talking about and that the energy crisis would be with us for a long time to come This was bad news, and it really hurt the pn ss to reveal it so soon after Ash’s good news ti event Dull rn I think what the President was talking about w is the Washington press corps’ reluctance to print good row, about him A pertes t illustration is that ro. enl poll* revealed that the American people held congress in lower *st». ,h,m u„. 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A government spokesman said the defection from the rebel forces was the largest since the April. 1970, opening of the* Cambodian war. — AP Wirephoto — AP Wirephoto Bernard L. Barker and his wife walk from a Miami radio station Thursday after he received news of his indictment by a federal grand jury. Barker said he will fight the* indictment charging that he and others violated the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist by breaking into his office. Pa rty Heads Square Off Republican National (nm-mitten* Chairman George Bush. left, sizes up his opponent, Democratic National Committee Chairman Rol>ert Strauss, during Thursday’s Circus Saints and Sinners club luncheon in Washington “Killer" Bush and “Slugger" Strauss donned the gloves for what was billed as the “Battle* of the* Century" ;

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