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Watergate reporter Daniel Schorr dies
“Good,” Nixon replied.
“Good,” Nixon said again.
The recording was made available by the University of Virginia, which is transcribing and annotating the secret Nixon tapes.
Schorr said he figured he became such a thorn in Nixon’s side because his newspaper background gave him a bluntness rare on television.
Later in life, Schorr cherished his Nixon coverage, his son said.
“He had nothing more than the truth to go up against the president of the United States,” the younger Schorrsaid.
Schorr became part of the story again in 1976, when he arranged for the publication of an advance copy of a suppressed House Intelligence Committee report on illegal CIA and FBI findings.
At the time, Schorr called it “an inescapable decision of journalistic conscience” to see that the report ended up in print. To his surprise, reaction from his own colleagues in the media was negative, because Schorr had handed the report over in exchange for a donation to a group that aids journalists in First Amendment issues.
Many reporters also found Schorr’s silence troubling when another CBS correspondent, Lesley Stahl, was wrongly accused of leaking the report. Schorr was suspended by the network and the House opened an investigation, though it later dropped the case. He resigned from CBS soon after.
Well into his 90s, he was still giving commentaries on NPR. He was last heard on the air waves July 10, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” with Scott Simon in a discussion of the U.S.-Russia spy swap, the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona and other news of the week.
Simon called working with Schorr “one of the great blessings of my life.”
“He had no boss but the First Amendment,” Simon said. “He felt his duty was to the news.”
Schorr spoke in a thick New York accent he never lost, a voice that contrasted sharply with the stentorian style of many newscasters of the 1950s and 1960s. It made his delivery all the more compelling.
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