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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ftttpitU UPI Telephoto President Nixon sat down at the piano in the east room of the White House Thursday night to play for Singer Pearl Bailey. The occasion was a dinner honoring governors and their wives who are attending the National Governors Conlerence in Washington. Miss Bailey sang several numbers including "Home on the closing with "God Bless Ail Smiles AP Wirephoto Fights Indictment 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 thai he and others violated the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist by breaking into his office. Watergate burglar Virgilo Gonzales is all smiles on his arrival at Miami International airport Thursday after his prison release. He holds his 37-day-olcl grandchild, Gaston Alonso. The child's mother, Maria, beams also. It was the first time Gonzales had seen the babv. Chow Time A hearty laugh punctuates a meal at a Khmer Rumdo camp near Kambol, 15 miles west of Phnom Penh Thursday. The meal followed a ceremony al the camp during which 742 of (he former nalionalisl in- surgents switched sides, pledg- ing their loyalty to the Phnom Penh regime. A government spokesman said Ihe defection from the rebel forces was the largest since Ihe April, 1970, opening of Ihe Cambodian war. AP Wirephoto Party Heads Square Off Republican National Com- millce Chairman George Bush, left, sizes up his opponent, Democratic National Committee Chairman Robert Strauss, dur- ing Thursday's Circus Saints and Sinners club luncheon in Washington. "Killer" Bush and "Slugger" Strauss donned the gloves Tor whal was billed as the "Battle of the 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 na- tion's capital there is a tendency for partisanship to lake over from statesmanship. In the nation's capital sometimes there 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 distin- guish 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 elec- tion in Grand Rapids, Mich., for Vice- president Gerry Ford's congressional seat and for the first lime in 64 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 reporled this, Ihey 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 Ihe fact that Mr. Agnew still had secret service protection and had taken a flock of them to Palm Springs to slay with Frank Sinalra, this was bad news for the administration. But when the slorics 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, Ihere would have never been any good news to follow up with. The Agnew case proved lhat the revelation of bad news can have a good effect. Moral IHIvmma Every day the Washington press corps wrestles with some great moral dilemma. Take the case of the Watergate tapes When he President decided to turn over the nine tapes to Ihe special prosecutor lhat was good news. Bui when lie discovered that two of nine did not exist, that was bad news. In this case he President had a right to be angry. Instead of talking aboul the seven he turned over to the special prosecutor, the press made an issue of the two thai were missing Then lo implicate matters it was discovered that minutes of one tape had been erased. This was had news Bui what the media failed to report was the good new which was BUCHWALD Even administralion officials have a hard time sortlne mil good news from bad news. Recently Roy Ash. tho 1 "f t t Of ice of Management and Budget, .said Ihe energy crisis w's only temporary and would soon be over Th fd nCWS' aml "ncc revealed il Then William Simon, the energy spoke out and s-fd Ash didn't know whaUlhc hell he was ahou nd u, energy crisis would be with us for a long T s AP Wliopholc I think what the President was talking about wis Washington press corps' relnelanc, to prim ,w him. A perfect I lustration is thai American people held congress In lower i President of (He United States by ,iv, "m Unfortunately, though, the a, lh, j, h, was held ir. high esteem by only i could either say this was good news for I he country. m 01 II would he mosl helpful government would sel up guidelines rw MK w w' what wot! news Is. The Kremlin doc. lh T Soviet Union nnd It works like H COPfffUW
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