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The Press: Preachful Coexistence

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“Perhaps,” said Whitney Shoemaker of the Associated Press diffidently, “you could comment for us on the press in general, as you see it from the Presidency—perhaps its treatment of your Administration, treatment of the issues of the day?”

“Well,” said Kennedy, “I’m reading more and enjoying it less. And so on.

“But I have not complained, nor do I plan to make any general complaints. I just—I read and talk to myself about it, but I don’t plan to issue any general statement of the press. I think that they are doing their task as a critical branch—a fourth estate. And I’m attempting to do mine. And we’re going to live together for a period, and then go our separate ways.”

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