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By RON LANDISMAN here before
Managing Editor theatre, sa
A leading figure in American journalism yesterday cisms Agne
blasted the Nixon administration and Vice President But he
Spiro Agnew for what he called their attempts to "in- threat of r
timidate and control" the major news media. to the fact
Norman E. Isaacs, president of the American So- governmen
ciety of Newspaper Editors, charged that Agnew's na- cast.
tionally-televised speech last Thursday reflected the C
Administration's desire to force the media, especially statnt
the three major television networks, into a less critical statements
rolepointed cha
role.
Speaking at a Republican party meeting in D e s mission, "s
Moines then, Agnew called the electronic media " a "Whatt
tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by networks,"
no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and li- He sing
censed by government." new's state
Isaacs, who spoke yesterday at a press conference policy whe

blasts,
delivering a speech at the Rackham Amphi-
id he could agree with many of the criti-
w made of the media.
could not tolerate, he said, Agnew's "direct
etribution" when the Vice President alluded
that the television networks depend on the
t for their licenses and the right to broad-
sm we need all the time," he said, but the
of Agnew and Dean Burch, the newly-ap-
airman of the Federal Communications Com-
mack of intimidation and control."
they're after is the open intimidation of the
he added.
led out Burch for his endorsement of Ag-
ement and for his violation of traditional
n he called the networks directly to ask for

Agneilw
transcripts of the coverage of President Nixon's Nov. 3
speech.
Agnew had based his criticism on the networks'
quick broadcasting of analysis and harsh criticism of
that speech.
Isaacs said Agnew wants either no analysis of the
news by the networks at all, or favorable analysis.
"What Agnew was asking for was an open cam-
paign to shut up voices of dissent," he said. "The point
was that they were dissatisfied with what was said."
He said Burch ought to be fired for taking.a stand
on the issue since Burch may later have to decide cas-
es involving the networks.
"I think he has removed himself as a neutral ob-
server," Isaacs said.
He admitted, though, that action against Burch was
extremely unlikely.
Isaacs distinguished Agnew's complaints from those

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PRESIDENT NIXON and Prime Minister Sato of Japan werev
equally confident in predicting that the official talks begun yes-h
terday will resolve disagreements concerning the island ofI
Okinawa.
The two leaders are expected to map an important security rela-
tionship between their two nations for the coming decade, duringa
the three-day talks on the return of Okinawa to Japan.
The negotiations involve the return of Okinawa to Japanese
jurisdiction in 1972, the possibility of future use of the U.S. base on
the island for nuclear weapons, the American and Japanese roles in
Asia, and trade problems.
ABOUT 12 MILLION ITALIANS left their jobs in a general Boggs Williams
strike called to enforce demands for more low-cost housing. /
Demonstrators in Milan hit police with stones and clubs in a
three-hour battle that left 100 persons injured and one policeman H ayn sw orth gain s
dead.
The strike shut down factories, offices, and schools, and curtailed
telephone and telegraph services.
A DEMOCRATIC PARTY REFORM COMMISSION voted to
require that future Democratic convention delegations bear a WASHINGTON (/P) - Backers Announcing they would vote for
"reasonable relationship" in makeup to the number of blacks, of Clement F. Haynsworth Jr.'s confirmation were GOP Sens. Ca-
women, and young people in a state. nomination t the Supreme Court leb Boggs of Delaware, Ted Stev-
The proposal was adopted yesterday as the commission met to gaine nsgnfihn nume sup- ens of Alaska and George D. Aik-
hammer out its final guidelines for delegate selection. gained significant numerical sup- en of Vermont, the Republican
port yesterday while losing t h e dean of the Senate.
support of one senior Republican Their pledges followed a declar-
SENATE HEARING WITNESSES said most Americans doing and gaining that of another. ation against Haynsworth by John
business in Vietnam buy local currency on the black market - a The outcome of the vote due J. Williams, R-Del., who in 22
billion-dollar operation said to be run by international profiteers. early tomorrow afternoon appear- years of searching out wrong do-
The result, the Senators were told yesterday, is the flight of hun- ed to hang in the balance with 15 ing in government has earned tii-
dreds of millions of dollars from Vietnam, a situation which ravages uncommitted senators apparently butes as "the conscience of t h e
the economy and must ultimately be met by U.S. tax dollars. holding the outcome in their Senate.
Dr. Gabriel T. Dorekes, a Wall Street specialist in international hamng the uncommitted is Re- to an socaion Paccordi
finance, urged adoption by the South Vietnamese of a multiple ex- publican .Leader Hugh Scott of brought to 44 the number of sen-
change rate which would take the profit out of the black mnarket. Pennsylvania. ators publicly committeed to vote
---------------- -~ for Haynsworth with 41 saying
they'll vote against.
e t y,,[ de th o ulacrea esHaynsworth, a native o Green-
Vietnam death toll increases e,S. has been n the Circuit
Court of Appeals at Richmond,
WASHINGTON (/P)-U.S. com- In his report to the nation on to adjust our timetable according- Va., since 1957 and has been chief
bat deaths in Vietnam have risen Nov. 3, Nixon said he is basing his ly." judge the past five years.
for the second straight week. But withdrawal decisions partially on There has been a recent up- Both sides had eagerly sought
officials say the level is still low "the reduction of our casualties."' swing in enemy attacks, but Pen- the support of Williams, who has
enough to permit President Nixon Although American b a t t 1 e tagon officials regard the increase said he will not seek re-election
to order additional American deaths have climbed since then, as relatively minor so far. next year because he does not be-
troops withdrawn, officials noted that the level of Nixon is expected to make an- lieve senators should serve p a s t
Military sources said the offi- losses is less than half the 249 other withdrawal decision in early 65, his present age.
cial weekly casualty report, due weekly average of Americans kill- December, and officials have in- Although Haynsworth oppon-
today, will show that more than ed in action during the first half dicated they expect a further pull- ents moved quickly to depict it as
100 American soldiers were killed of this year.i
in battle last week, compared with Nixon also told the nation that out of 40,000 to 50,000 American a significant boost for them, the
97 the previous week and 83 the "if the level of enemy activity sig- troops over the subsequent few Nixon administration wasted no
week before that. nificantly increases we might have months. time trying to neutralize it.

of earlier administrations or of
Nicholas Johnson, an FCC com-
missioner and liberal critic of the
networks.
The Kennedy and Johnson ad-
ministrations' attempts to influ-
ence the media, such as J o h n
Kennedy's well-known displeas-
ure w i t h a certain reporter in
"Vietnam, were "legitimate govern-
ment attempts to influence pub-
lishers and editors. We get it all
the time."
But Agnew's speech, which he
said was part of a wider admin-
istration fight with the media, was
different because it sought some
sort of review or control of the
press.
He distinguished Agnew f r o i
the FCC's Johnson in that the
latter wants "segments of society
not now represented to be permit-
ted some right and voice on the
channels."
In his prepared remarks, Isaacs
went to great pains to show that
Agnew's speech was more than
Just one man speaking. ,
"The Vice President of the
United States was merely the
spearbearer of this attack," he
said. "It was cleverly timed and
cleverly written and the Vice
President followed the text with
unusual skill."
He noted that White Ho use
Secretary Ron Ziegler said t h e
President supports Agnew and
that Nixon's special counsel, Clark
Mollenhoff, said Agnew's speech
"reflected the views of the admin-
"I cannot recall a drive mount-
ed by a national administration
containing the threat of retribu-
tion, and this one certainly is
that," he said.
Isaacs also warned that Agnew's
clear distinction in his speech last
Thursday between the television
news and newspapers was hypo-
critical.
Agnew "went to rather elaborate
pains to separate newspapers from
television,"udhe said. "But only days
earlier in an interview with U.S.
News and World Report, Mr. Ag-
new wasn't concentrating on TV.
His major target was newspapers."
Agnew complained then-that he
couldn't find a "balanced expres-
sion of opinion in the news me-
dia."
With regard to the wider i mpli-
cations of Agnew's speech, Isaacs
said it was not new for politicians
to be angered with the press. He
recalled the "use of the term one-
party press' by a Democratic can-
didate for the Presidency in de-
scribing the newspaper lineup
against him."
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