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Press Corps or Publicists?24:50

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photoSecrecy and democracy collide in a report from some of the country's top observers of the American press. Their toughest charge: The U.S. press has become a stenography pool for presidential PR. We look at the gradual de-clawing of the Washington press corps.


Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman at the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, former editorial page editor at "USA Today"

Michael Getler, ombudsman for "The Washington Post" and formerly executive editor of the "International Herald Tribune"

This program aired on July 10, 2003.

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