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Monday, September 18, 2006

September 18, 1960: State Department Asks TV Networks to Limit Khrushchev coverage, Soviet Leader said to be 'Master of Publicity, Day of the Soda Can Seen

The State Department has asked the television networks to limit their coverage of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his U.S. visit. The networks said they were already planning restricted viewing before they got the State Department advice. Face the Nation, on C.B.S., decided not to invite Khrushchev on its show, according to a report in the New York Times on this day in 1960. Meet the Press, on N.B.C., did invite Khrushchev to appear, "but it was not known whether the invitation had the sanction of N.B.C. officials in New York. 'I'm afraid that what we did voluntarily will now be defined as knuckling under to the State Department,'" one network official told the paper. An article that appears under the headline, "K-Day in the Propaganda War; On Tuesday Mr. Khrushchev will attempt to establish a new beachhead in the battle of words," in the New York Times Magazine on this day in 1960 says the Soviet premier has made Manhattan "the center of the global propaganda struggle" for the duration of his stay in the city, proving himself "a master of publicity." In the business section of the Times on this day is the following headline: "More Gains Loom for Soda in Cans; Major Sales Breakthrough is Believed Imminent in Soft Drink Market."

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