Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

December 1, 1973

On December 1, 1973, the editors of the Pittsburgh Courier called on President Nixon to resign. The Watergate scandal received extensive media coverage through the second half of 1973 and, the Courier argued, “The cry for President Nixon’s resignation has reached tidal wave proportion...The mysterious disappearance of two of the most important tapes in the unending Watergate saga has brought public confidence in Mr. Nixon’s leadership to an irreducible low ebb. The President has not been able to produce a plausible account of the catastrophe out of a web of rumors.” The Courier editorial concluded by noting, “The American people, we are reminded, build their triumphal arches out of bricks, to have missiles handy when their heroes have fallen. So with Richard M. Nixon, who has had his taste of hero-worship and is now experiencing one of the fiercest lynching bees in out history. We, with much regret, feel an irresistible compulsion to add our voice to the chorus of the patriots who demand the resignation of President Nixon.”

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