CBS included historian Douglas Brinkley as its in-house consultant. Brinkley is in the middle of a biography of Ford. Anchor Katie Couric asked: "Has anything changed that might alter the theme of your book?" "Absolutely. The country has voted and they believe that the pardon was the right thing to do. That was not always the case--back in 1974, in 1984, in 1994. But now we can say that history will show Ford was correct. He made the right decision."
Credit goes to Jan Crawford Greenburg (subscription required), ABC's legal correspondent, for snaring an Exclusive soundbite with mourner John Paul Stevens, Ford's lone nominee to the Supreme Court, still serving three decades later. Stevens was nominated as a "moderate conservative--but not any more." Today he is viewed as "one of Supreme Court's most liberal Justices." Stevens said: "I do not really think I have changed…I conceive of myself as a conservative, to tell you the truth." Ford said two years ago that he was "proud of the nomination."
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