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The press - simply props?

The opinion-page article ``Clinton, Not the Press, Needs Prime-Time Conferences,'' was one of the most confusing and convoluted pieces I've read in a long time. It's so typical of both the print and electronic media coverage of this president. According to them the man can do nothing right. The author starts out by observing that President Clinton's decision to hold more press conferences is laudable: ``The more press conferences the better,'' he states. ``The press conference is our best opportunity to question him on what he is doing - or not doing.'' He then follows this with a question of why the press should act as props on a stage for a president who appears mainly interested in using his outstanding sales skills to win back the American public. It would be difficult to hold a news conference without the press in attendance, despite the author's concern that they are merely props. Electronic media have the same rights and obligations for getting information ``straight out of the mouth of the nation's chief executive'' as the press. Harry V. Kellam, Raleigh, N.C.

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