Of course, Nixon was the underlying reason why Ford was newsworthy. "It is hard to believe just how tense the nation was during those final days of the Nixon Presidency," CBS' Bob Schieffer reminded us, with threats of a military coup in the air. "He succeeded a man seen as duplicitous, dishonest," ABC's Charles Gibson (no link) introduced his obituary. "Gerry Ford was precisely the opposite." After the trauma of Watergate, Ford "was welcomed as a regular guy--but much of that goodwill evaporated" when he pardoned his predecessor, NBC's Brian Williams noted. "The pardon cost Ford politically but he defended it for the rest of his life."
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