The consternation came swiftly: How could the president pick a newsman — a television reporter, no less — for a government role of serious power and influence?
“Outrageous,” groused one European diplomat. Critics accused the White House of being media-obsessed, led by a president more focused on burnishing his image than pursuing policy goals.
Yet the job ultimately went to the television guy: the ABC News correspondent John A. Scali, who in 1973 was confirmed as President Ri
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