The Presidency and Proctoscopes

No president had a greater battle with the press than Richard Nixon. He blamed the media for treating him unfairly throughout his political career and made no secret about it.

He summed up his views when he said, “I’ve talked to people in the media… and they say, ‘But it’s the responsibility of the media to look at government generally, and particularly at the president, with a microscope.’

I don’t mind a microscope, but–oh, boy–when they use a proctoscope, that’s going too far.”

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