“The Press Is The Enemy…”

“…write that on the blackboard 100 times.” Nixon, heard on the most recently-released batch of audio tapes from 1972 (h/t County Fair).

Also, Nixon talking press strategy with his chief of staff:

Return the calls to those poor dumb bastards … who I know are our friends. Now do it … We made the same mistake [Dwight] Eisenhower made, but not as bad as Eisenhower made, because he sucked the [New York ] Times too much … G-d damn it, don’t talk to them for a while. Will you enforce that now?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.