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I don’t think it was ever revealed, but Marty told me rather gleefully afterward that Marcos had no reason to panic, but like most incumbents, didn’t have much faith in people or truly free elections.

“When the Marcos forces decided to steal the election,” Marty said, “we had him winning by a healthy margin.” It was the sort of information that he craved, collected and enjoyed whether it was ultimately reported or not.

Those who watched CBS never saw the network’s executive political director, but what they did see during an era when CBS dominated the broadcast political world was the result of Marty Plissner’s work and creativity.

Anyone involved in politics at the national level knew that and admired his mastery of his craft. They missed him when he retired, but many of us kept in touch over the years, called him for his opinions, and will miss him even more now that he’s gone.

David A. Keene is opinion editor of The Washington Times.