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Start Date: Tuesday, December 26, 1972 9:58 PM
End Date: Tuesday, December 26, 1972 10:12 PM
Participants:Colson, Charles W.; Nixon, Richard M. (President);
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 26, 1972, Charles W. Colson and President Richard M. Nixon talked on the telephone from 4:58 pm to 5:12 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-003 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 35-3 Date: December 26, 1972 Time: 4:58 pm - 5:12 pm Location: White House Telephone Charles W. Colson talked with the President. Henry A. Kissinger -Recent meeting with Charles H. Percy -Duration -The President’s view -Kissinger’s schedule -Congressmen, Senators, Republicans, Democrats -Recent meeting with McGeorge Bundy -Percy -6- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-3 (cont’d) -Support for the President's Vietnam policy -Recent statement -Motivations -Colson’s view -Intellect -Personality -Thomas W. Braden -John C. Stennis -Louis P. Harris poll -View of Kissinger -US electorate -1972 campaign -Lifestyle -Schedule -Percy -The President's instructions -Recent conversation with Colson -Duration Public relations [PR] -Kenneth W. Clawson -Outlook -The President’s first term -Toughness -US bombing of North Vietnam -Prisoners of War [POWs] -Harris Poll -Result -1972 election -US bombing of North Vietnam -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Reasons for bombing -End of war -Press reaction -Time -Newsweek Press and media relations -The President's memorandum to Colson and Patrick J. Buchanan -Monographs -7- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-3 (cont’d) -“Things They Would Like to Forget” -Time -Newsweek -1972 campaign ` -Public relations efforts -[George S. McGovern’s] alleged gains -PR efforts -Accuracy in Media campaign -James Keogh -[United States Information Agency] [USIA] -Effect on press circulation -Buchanan's article -"Legend of St. George McGovern" -McGovern -Harriet Van Horne quote -Press reaction -The President’s view -Liberal reaction -Administration policy -The President’s instructions -Colson’s role -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Press credibility -Proposed curbs on television [TV] news bias -Clay T. (“Tom”) Whitehead -Right to protect sources -First Amendment issue -Double standard -Pentagon Papers -Conflicts with criminal cases -Right to protect sources -Press predictions from first term -Cambodia -The President's May 8, 1972 decision -Economy -1972 election -Buchanan -Buchanan -“Things They Would Like to Forget” -Article for Accuracy In Media newsletter -8- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-3 (cont’d) -Effect on press bias -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Criticisms of press -Effect -Public -Media -Colson's schedule -Thomas W. Braden -Opinion leaders’ views -Frank W. Fitzsimmons -US bombing of North Vietnam -Public reaction -Abbott McConnell Washburn -Political effects -Son -Administration's criticisms of media -Whitehead’s speech -Whitehead speech -Public reaction -Washington and New York -Miami -News magazines’ response -Compared to networks -Time -Television [TV] and radio station’s ownership -Local station’s control -Compared to networks’ -Newsweek article -Public response -Compared to US bombing of North Vietnam -Cable television [TV] -Administration proposals -Effect on networks -Network news coverage -Howard K. Smith -Harry Reasoner -John W. Chancellor -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. -Dan Rather -[Arnold] Eric Sevareid -9- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-3 (cont’d) -Daniel L. Schorr -John Pierpoint -Cable TV -Public reaction -The President’s view -Advantages -Local services -TV picture reception -Super Bowl coverage -Colson’s forthcoming meeting with Whitehead -Colson’s work outside the administration -Whitehead -Possible promotion -Efforts -Possible meeting with the President -Colson’s conversation with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman Public statements -PR -The President’s instructions -Kissinger -Palm Springs