New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 9, 1985, Page 4

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January 09, 1985

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4A January Tonights news conference will be Reagans first in six months THE WHITE HOUSE O pinions Dmvm General Manaxer Robert Editor Reagan press conferences few and far between By DALE NELSON Associated Press WASHINGTON Since President Reagans last formal White House news new governments have come to power in Israel and Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan has been indicted for fraud and Nicaragua has accused the United States of plotting an Dont count on any of these subjects dominating tonights televised session with It is expected to focus on exploratory arms talks that ended Tuesday in Geneva and the presidents surprise an nouncement that Secretary of the Treasury Donald Regan and White House Chief of Staff James Baker III are exchanging The questions you tend to get are not about the most interesting but about the most said Jody who was press secretary to Reagans former President If the press conferences were held on a more regular the reporters would home in far more on events of the most said Stephen a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has made a study of government press i As it you have excellent reporters asking questions almost designed not to elicit much Hess The Brookings scholar and the former Carter aide commented as Reagan prepared for his first fullscale White House meeting with reporters since July The session was scheduled for 8 Reagan has had brief questionandanswer sessions with reporters in more casual settings and a fairly wide ranging session in Los Angeles on the day after his the longest previous gap in Reagans formal meetings with reporters was from June 16 to During some of this time he was recuperating from his wounds in an attempt on his life on March 30 of that this will be his 27th full dress White House meeting with compared with the 59 news conferences held by During the Iranian hostage we limited press conferences rather but I dont think there ever was a sixmonth period without Powell The news conference is likely to be the last of Reagans iirst which ends at noon on This would be one fewer than former President Nixon held in his first Nixon had 37 fullscale meetings with reporters before his Former President Ford met with reporters 39 times in his less than 2 years in The strange thing about it is that presidents do hold a good hand at press said They seem to be more fearful of it than they need to They neednt look on it as a nowin proposition from their point of Hess served as an aide to Nixon and before that to the late President Dwight Eisenhower held 193 press conferences in his eight years in office in spite of often being criticized for speaking in twisted syntax that made it hard to unravel his The general view of people is that the president is standing up there dealing with a range of issues and reaching a large audience with a fair degree of con Hess Reagan held news conferences about once a week when he was governor of as did Carter when he was governor of The pressure on a president is just much greater and the consequences of a slip of the tongue or a mistake are a good bit said even in a state as large as you are dealing with a relatively small number of most of whom you tend to Like other Reagan is briefed before his news But Lou White House correspondent of The Washington in his biography of the says Reagan has met with the press so infrequently that it was difficult for even the most skillful briefers to anticipate what ground the questions might Powell said aides prepared elaborate briefing books for but who has covered Reagan both in Sacramento and said the president simply has no inclination to cuddle up with a briefing book for any prolonged period of Early in Reagans a loudspeaker was installed to help him hear the as he is hard of Although there have been many news accounts of factual mistakes by Reagan in his White House aides have made it their general policy not to elaborate on what he The president meant what he and said what he meant is the usual response of White House spokesman Larry Washington Today Does Stockman have a future Andy Rooney The library in a city of has started a cam paign to get especially to watch less This makes as much sense as a television station organizing a campaign to get people to read fewer Barbara Gibson is director of the Farmington Library and if Barbara thinks all books are good and all television is she hasnt been to a bookstore I can say with confidence that the percentage of junk in print is at least as high as the percentage of junk on Does she advise children not to read Id suggest to the Farmington Library that they stop advocating not watching television at all and start trying to get kids to be more selective in their Every newspaper carries daily television Farmington should suggest that kids set a television time limit for Theyd decide they were going to watch television for two hours a They wouldnt sit down in front of Librarys antitelevision campaign throws baby out with bathwater the set wafch everything that world so theyll read the newsnaoer that Mine nf that the set and watch everything that came Theyd in they were going to Theyd open the newspaper on the floor and with a the things they wanted to Selective not a ban on would be the Nancy DeSalvo is the childrens librarian in She says that when children spend too much time watching they arent living a normal Preschoolers have to conquer their world by she Theyre not playing when they sit in front of that Theyre not mastering their world at Thats a pretty good statement of kids arent playing when theyre reading Helen principal of the Noah Wallace elementary school in is having teachers hand out I Pledge Not To Watch TV I that she was asking children to watch the news on Its the best way to get kids interested enough in the real world so theyll read the newspaper for the full story when they grow Theres too much thats good on television to tell children not to watch You cant expect television to be any better than our our our our our columnists or the classes in Helen McMullens elementary Ill bet shed be embarrassed at what goes on in some of those classes but she wouldnt suggest kids should stay home from school because of Television doesnt broadcast mediocrity on Television is available 24 hours a 365 days a at the flick of a Where are programmers going to get hours of great programming Are your teachers all Helen Mc Mullen Are all the books in your library first Barbara Gibson Television has not childrens views of the Children know more about everything than preTV generations did Even if you wish they didnt know some of you have to believe TO FULLY PQUfTEPUEXPECIWMLM FKOW ROOFS ANPGWAS that some of that knowledge is If you believe in you have to believe in For all thats wrong with theres too much evidence it has been an educating force in the The best thing about it is that it distributes information to Television isnt It doesnt limit itself to people with brains as a good newspaper Most of television is aimed at an audience of or lessthan Thats because people with average intelligence will not watch a broadcast that calls for any It is stjange but true on the other a lot of smart people do watch dumb I dont know why that Of theres a lot of terrible television and some kids watch too much of it but to say they shouldnt watch any is a fakeintellectual Television need not replace play or anything It is an added dimension in all our WASHINGTON AP The Reagan administration shakeup is moving so rapidly that it will take time to assess its impact on policy and but the changes could have implications for the prospects for tax revision and David Stockmans President Reagan announced the latest surprise shifts today when he appeared in the White House briefing room to say that chief of staff James Baker HI and Treasury Secretary Donald Regan are swapping The shift of Regan to the White House raises this question Wwhat does it mean for the future of the budget director who has clashed frequently with Regan over whether high budget deficits are threatening the nations economic The new shift immediately set off speculation that Stockman may depart this spring after he completes work trying to shepherd the new Reagan budget through Its too early to really see if its going to make a said Richard publisher of Conservative a conservative who belives Baker is too has been calling for years for Bakers removal from his position at Reagans It may be a change without a Viguerie A source close to the principals said the shift represented Bakers long desire to leave the White House staff after four years as the presidents top aide and a lightning rod for conservative complaints about the The who spoke only on condition that he not be said the shift of Regan to the White House staff appeared to indicate that tax simplification will be a top priority item during the second Reagan A Treasury Department task force proposed a revamping the tax code to lower rates while scrapping many popular The plan im mediately ran into strong opposition from many groups benefitting from specific Robert new chairman of the Senate Finance also said he opposed such sweeping changes in the tax Within the White theres the quesions of whether Regan will be the strong staff chief that Baker has He will not have to deal with DAVID STOCKMAN a Regan fan JEANEKIRKPATRICK to depart the inhouse competition that could make life difficult for his Soon to depart the White House staff are Edwin Meese LII and Michael Deaver Meese as the nominee for attorney general and Deaver to enter private Also leaving the administration are Attorney General William French Smith and Interior Secretary William both longtime Reagan aides from his California Also likely to depart is Am bassador Jeane a favorite of who had hoped she would become a top foreign policy THISPIACBHASALLTH50LP Mailbag policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the Lexers are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or international that the writer chooses to Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer 361 New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newsoaner offices at 186 CastelL ;

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