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Remembering the Little Giant

July 4, 2014
By Mark Shields , Daily Press

WASHINGTON - Back in the dark days - before the invention of cable news, texting and Twitter - there were a couple-dozen, mostly newspaper, almost all male reporters who covered U.S. politics nearly full time. They could be found in the last weeks before the Iowa presidential caucuses, up until "last call" at the bar of the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel. Later the political press moved to New Hampshire and after-hours refreshments at Manchester's Sheraton Wayfarer. During those late-night sessions, when reporters' private opinions that never made it into print were voiced, I remember the personal presidential preference of the allegedly liberal political press, more often than not, being a short, southern Republican - Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee.

 
 
 

 

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