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tv   White House Reporter Sarah Mc Clendon  CSPAN  May 5, 2018 9:50pm-10:01pm EDT

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sarah: mr. president, sir, did you screen those projects in the economy stimulus package before you sent them to the hill? the republicans are saying there are so many things in there that are totally unnecessary. i cannot believe that you sent those up there, and maybe somebody did it for you. [laughter] sarah: the golf course is in there and swimming pools and statues and even a project on studying the religion in sicily. pres. clinton: no. let me say -- [laughter] daye: sarah's career to becoming a journalist was a series of advancement in her job. women were not hired as news reporters in that era. "well, i will just start one of my own." she was not tied by national syndication saying well, you cannot talk about that, or you cannot say that, and her behavior was not questioned. she could do what she wanted, because she was on her own, and that allowed her the freedom to look at an issue from more than
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one viewpoint. sarah mcclendon was born in this house. she was the ninth child of sydney junior and annie mcclendon. she had eight brothers and sisters. but it was a very political family. of thelendon was founder democratic party here in smith county, and he also served as postmaster and worked for woodrow wilson's campaign and was the chairman of the democratic committee for many years as well. his wife, annie, was a suffragette, and sarah can remember her going to rallies -- you know "vote for women" -- and , i look of a dining room, and i think about her parents talking about local, national, international events, so they
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would know. the breadth of what they read i think means that they were open. they did not have one particular idea about the world and life. they opened themselves up and took on a lot of different. ideas. this was a very eclectic reading family. they just did not look at murder mysteries. they ran the gamut. they did have a lot of different books, subject-wise. sarah: i was told -- i first started working in washington, i would have to ask about the international questions and things like that. you bring up something new, something different, that people want to know about and ask about that. there are plenty of questions they want to know. so i always try to pick out some question that the people outside of washington want to know about.
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and believe me you, they appreciate it. they really do. they tell me often that i am asking the questions they would ask if they were there. and i am glad of that. but the washington white house press corps do not understand what i'm asking about because they do not know what goes on outside of washington. [laughter] daye: a woman starting a news agency was unique in the fact that very few independent news bureaus were open. most of them were associated with the radio station or the up-and-coming tv station, so that was the primary source for news, but she did not just go with the ordinary stories. she liked to look at what was happening with the little people, not the air force or not the government, but she wanted to see the impact that some of the laws and events had on people back home.
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eisenhower was once asked why -- by her "are you in favor of big dams upstream more little dams downstream?" of course he rolled his eyes. but when he got back, on his desk was a report from the corps of engineers, and it showed that it meant the difference of millions of taxpayer dollars, that they were building big upstream and little ones downstream. she knew it, and he did not. sarah: they think we should have training -- not on the job, but we should have some training before they get there. but as for this man, well, i can tell you, eisenhower, when you asked him a question, you had to tell him what agency you were talking about, what had been happening, where it was in the government, and what did he think about it. you had to educate him with your question. daye: sarah wrote two books. the first was "my eight presidents."
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and you can see her energetic face there. "hi, mr. president. i have got a question for you." this one -- it is her memories and she kept wonderful notes. she has very detailed information about her relationship, and then also she has got pictures thrown in here as well. the second one was the latter part of her life, called appropriately "mr. president, mr. president!" there were press conferences, and she would say "mr. president, mr. president." they really hated to get her questions, because either a, it was something they did not know about, or they thought that it was not, you know, to the point. i would say 99.9%, it really was on point.
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i don't see sarah as a real crusader for women's rights, i see her as an example for women's rights. she took on the jobs. she went into the army in world war ii. she started her own business. she was a bulldog about finding out the details and getting the right point of a program. sarah: there is nothing wrong with being open-minded to the point where you want all information to come into you, and that is what reporters are trying to do. reporters are conduits -- you need us. whether we get kicked around or not, we are still supposed to be reporters, and we're supposed tell you what is going on in the world. if you did not have us, you would have a lot worse government than you have got now. you need us badly, and if anybody is trying to stop reporters from being reporters, and taking it from right or
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left, or liberal conservative, or anywhere they try to find the facts, anyone who stops us from reporters is hurting democracy. >> our cities tour staff recently traveled to tyler, texas to learn about its rich history. learn more about tyler and other stops on our tour at spin. or's /cities tour. you are watching american history tv. this weekend and every weekend on c-span3. >> monday on landmark cases, a case on capital punishment, greg the georgia. in. 1976, a convicted arm rubber and murderer challenged his death sentence. his case and for other capital punishment cases were considered by the court.
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the court would against him but established stricter guidelines for states wishing to impose the death penalty. carol steiger, one of the nation's top capital punishment legal scholars and professor at harvard law school will be the cases.o argue the she was also a former clerk of supreme court justice thurgood marshall. and ken scheidegger, the codirector of the criminal justice legal foundation advocating in favor of m punishment and bash of capital punishment. he has argued death penalty cases in front of the supreme court. watch on monday at 9:00 eastern on c-span. and join the conversation. . follow us@c-span. we have resources and our website on these cases, the national constitution center interactive constitution at
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american history tv is looking back 50 years to the political turmoil of 1968. , "generations apart, a profile in dissent." may 27, 1969t from and their youth parents in the boulder, colorado area and explores their opinions about the vietnam war, and their views on dissent. this is the second of a three-part program based on a survey of about 1300 young people between the ages of 17 and 23. some who attended college, and some who did not . hour.s just under one >> it is a time of dissent for many of america's young. a coalition of events they could not control has caused a challenge to values they cannot accept. what


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