ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 14, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming Reagan press conference noted. Report introduced.
(DC: John Martin) Rel. of President Reagan and press featured; details given, scenes shown. No. of press confs. held by Reagan compared to those of presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy. Reporters shown shouting questions to Reagan. [CBS news Bill PLANTE - notes need for regular contact with president] ["Los Angeles Times" reporter Jack NELSON - says Reagan can't handle press confs.] [ABC news Sam DONALDSON - says Reagan must handle press confs.] Reagan's earlier affable style shown. [Former communications director David GERGEN, "New Republican" Fred BARNES, former editor of "Newsweek" Osborn ELLIOTT - discuss role of president and press confs. in communicating issues to Americans] Issue of access of press to president reiterated.
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