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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 03:50 AM
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9. I remember when this was first porposed by the Nixon White House
My father, a Washington print journalist, was dumbstruck at the time. This was Soviet "TASS" coming
to the USA. He called up Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield to get his take, and was royally pissed
when Mansfield didn't immediately condemn it, but rather said it was an "interesting concept."

It didn't get a lot of press at the time, but it didn't go anywhere, either. I didn't know who Ailes
was back then, but it makes sense that it was his baby, and Murdoch eventually let him run with the
project more than 20 years after Nixon wouldn't.
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