Ron Ziegler
White House Press Secretary
Ron Ziegler
Ronald Louis "Ron" Ziegler was White House Press Secretary and Assistant to the President during United States President Richard Nixon's administration.
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Canada’s jobs ‘shocker’: What the economists are saying
Financial Post - about 3 years
Canada’s economy lost 45,900 jobs in December and the unemployment rate rose to 7.2% from 6.9 % in a surprising setback that may add pressure on the central bank to consider cutting interest rates. The Statistics Canada report out Friday also showed that hiring in 2013 was the slowest since 2009, with year-on-year employment gains in December of just 0.6%, or 102,000. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast, on average, a gain of 14,600 jobs in the month, following three months of modest increases. Related Get used to it: Weak loonie here to stay for most of 2014, analysts say U.S. job gains massively misses expectations, but jobless rate drops to 6.7% Here’s what top economists are saying about the numbers: Derek Holt and Don Zigler, Scotiabank (Report titled ‘CDN JOBS SHOCKER) What a way to end a year and it reinforces our argument since last Fall that there should be a higher probability of a rate cut from the BoC priced into the curve alongside sharply undershoo ...
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Disney's magic flash - Sacramento News & Review
Google News - over 5 years
... the Internet is full of fun Disney facts), with gems like: The Jungle Cruise (which is still like being stuck on an overcrowded party boat with the most annoying host on the planet) was once skippered by Richard Nixon's press secretary Ron Ziegler
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Newly Released White House Files on Watergate Revealed - News Junky Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The compilation can be downloaded for free at This set contains correspondences to and/or from David Gergen, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Alexander Haig, Pat Buchanan, Ron Ziegler, Ben Stein, Len Garment, Stephen Bull, and Ray Price
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Gewetenloos en innemend - Sargasso
Google News - over 5 years
Ron Ziegler, perschef van Nixon noemde een verhaal “inoperative”: soms werkt een boodschap niet meer. Je bent niet met de waarheid bezig, maar met boodschappen die werken voor de macht. Maar daarnaast is er wel een vrije pers
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What The Guardian Can Learn from Watergate Coverage - Columbia Journalism Review (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“I don't respect the type of shabby journalism that is being practiced by the Washington Post,” Ron Ziegler told reporters. “It kind of underlined the whole thing and the fragility of where we were,” Post executive editor Ben Bradlee said later
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See the 'nicest kids in town' - DesMoinesRegister.com
Google News - over 5 years
Director Ron Ziegler, choreographer Alison Shafer, music director Brenton Brown and an unstoppable horde of young actors shake it, shake it, shake it with such obvious glee that you can't help but smile like Corny. Their energy, combined with the
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DM Playhouse Presents HAIRSPRAY July 15-Aug 7 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The Playhouse production is directed by Ron Ziegler, with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Alison Shafer. The cast of 32 features Samantha Aaron as Tracy Turnblad, Douglas Cochrane as Edna Turnblad, Jonathan Brugioni as Link Larkin,
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Doesn't this president remind you of someone? - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
Whenever new evidence emerged to contradict Nixon's Watergate coverup, his press secretary Ron Ziegler would helpfully explain that Nixon's previous statement was not false but simply “inoperative,” as if it had run out of juice
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THEATER REVIEW | 'TOP SECRET'; Fighting a War of Words About a Lot of Words About a War
NYTimes - almost 7 years
A momentous passage in American journalism strides stiffly across the stage of New York Theater Workshop in ''Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers,'' a fact-packed drama by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons, journalists with distinguished careers that have extended into academia and other realms. Actually, striding is overstating it. Mostly
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At ABC, an Anchor Shift; for TV, an Image Shift
NYTimes - over 7 years
On Tuesday, Diane Sawyer was on stage with Whitney Houston before a crowd in Central Park. On Wednesday, she was crowned the leader of ABC's network news division. Ms. Sawyer, the longtime -- some would say long-suffering -- co-host of ABC's ''Good Morning America,'' was named the successor to Charles Gibson, who is stepping down as the anchor of
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ON LANGUAGE; Misspeaking too soon
NYTimes - almost 9 years
As Wordwatchers Watch ''Perhaps you can explain the difference between misspeaking and lying,'' e-mails Jorge Cano of Coral Gables, Fla. The great 12-volume Century Dictionary of 1890 was the first to define the colloquial sense of misspeak: ''to express improperly or imperfectly; to speak otherwise than according to one's intention.'' (That
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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Break-In That History Forgot
NYTimes - over 9 years
Seattle THE Watergate break-in, described by Ron Ziegler, then the White House press secretary, as a ''third-rate burglary,'' passes its 35th anniversary this month. The common public perception is that Watergate was the principal cause of President Nixon's downfall. In fact, the seminal cause was a first-rate criminal conspiracy and break-in
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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 04-22-07: ON LANGUAGE; Varmints!
NYTimes - almost 10 years
''I'm not a big-game hunter,'' said Mitt Romney, campaigning in Indianapolis. ''I've made that very clear. I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.'' There's a gem of dialect out of the Wild West. In hundreds of cowboy movies, the man in the white hat -- from William Boyd to John Wayne -- scowls at the rustlers and
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Follow the Uranium
NYTimes - over 11 years
''I am saying that if anyone was involved in that type of activity which I referred to, they would not be working here.'' Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon, defending the presidential aide Dwight Chapin on Oct.18, 1972. Chapin was convicted in April 1974 of perjury in connection with his relationship to the political saboteur Donald
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A Sidekick Gets a Chance To Take Center Stage
NYTimes - about 13 years
David Paymer is not a movie star, and he is the first to say so. As a character actor, he plays the sidekick, the lawyer, the dry cleaner, the presidential aide, the put-upon brother. ''You spend a lot of time waiting,'' Mr. Paymer said. He is once again waiting, in this case for a decision by ABC about the future of his acclaimed new series,
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Of Rats and Squirrels
NYTimes - almost 14 years
When the newly elected President Richard Nixon picked a 29-year-old adman to be his press secretary, the press looked on the choice of Ron Ziegler, with no background in journalism or politics, as Nixon's expression of disdain for the media. And yet, five years later, as Nixon -- forced to resign lest he be impeached -- boarded Air Force One for
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Ronald L. Ziegler, Press Secretary to President Nixon, Is Dead at 63
NYTimes - about 14 years
Ronald L. Ziegler, the White House press secretary whose dogged defense of President Richard M. Nixon through the travails of Watergate made him the public face of a presidency struggling for survival, died of a heart attack on Monday at a hospital in Coronado, Calif., where he had a home. He was 63. Mr. Ziegler, a onetime advertising executive and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ron Ziegler
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 63
    Died on February 10, 2003.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    On November 12, 1999, Ziegler was due to participate by telephone in a television panel discussion that included several former Nixon and Ford aides, including his successor as White House Press Secretary, Jerald terHorst, who had resigned in protest at President Ford's pardon of Nixon.
    More Details Hide Details However, Ziegler's feed failed to hook up for the session, which went on without him.
  • 1995
    Age 55
    He is portrayed in the 1995 Oliver Stone film Nixon by David Paymer.
    More Details Hide Details The West Wing character Toby Ziegler is named after him.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 48
    In 1988, Ziegler became president and chief executive of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, living in Alexandria, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details He previously served as President of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators. He was described by leading truck stop advocate William Fay as "a significant factor in expanding the travel plaza and truckstop industry's presence in the nation's capital." Hay further credited Ziegler as having achieved "great strides in membership recruitment and expansion of member services." Ziegler moved to Coronado Shores in Coronado, California, where he died of a heart attack at the age of 63.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 36
    Ziegler appears in the 1976 film All the President's Men as himself in archival news footage.
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  • 1974
    Age 34
    Unlike many other former aides after President Nixon's resignation in 1974, Ziegler remained very close to him.
    More Details Hide Details Ziegler was on the airplane that Nixon took to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, near San Clemente, California, as Gerald Ford was sworn into office.
    In 1974 Ziegler became Assistant to the President.
    More Details Hide Details Particularly in the period following the resignations of such senior administration officials as Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Ziegler became one of Nixon's closest aides and confidants, defending the President until the bitter end, urging Nixon not to resign, but rather fight impeachment in the Senate. During the unfolding political scandal, Ziegler himself appeared before Congress at least 33 times.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    During a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention on August 20, 1973, Nixon was photographed angrily pushing Ziegler towards a crowd of reporters.
    More Details Hide Details The president was incensed that Ziegler was not doing enough to keep members of the press away as Nixon entered the convention hall.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    He was the White House press secretary during the political scandal known as Watergate. In 1972, he dismissed the first report of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel as the discussion of a "third rate burglary", and repeatedly dismissed the reports by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in The Washington Post, but within two years Nixon had resigned under threat of impeachment.
    More Details Hide Details Ziegler, for his part, had to issue an apology to The Washington Post for having earlier been so dismissive.
  • 1970
    Age 30
    He was also the first Press Secretary to use the White House Press Briefing Room when it was completed in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Historically, White House press secretaries had been recruited from the ranks of individuals with substantial journalistic experience, such as Stephen Early and Pierre Salinger, raising the question of whether Ziegler was hired less for his journalistic achievement than for perceived loyalty to what became an inner circle in the White House.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 29
    In 1969, when he was just 29, Ziegler became the youngest White House Press Secretary in history.
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  • 1962
    Age 22
    He worked at Disneyland as a skipper on the popular Adventureland attraction, The Jungle Cruise. He later worked as a press aide on Nixon's unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, Ziegler worked with H. R. Haldeman, who later served as Nixon's White House Chief of Staff, at the J. Walter Thompson advertising firm.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    In 1961 he married Nancy Plessinger, with whom he had two children, Cindy and Laurie.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 18
    He transferred to the University of Southern California in 1958 and graduated in 1961 with a degree in government and politics.
    More Details Hide Details While at USC, he was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity. He met future Watergate scandal participants Dwight Chapin, Donald Segretti, and Herbert Porter at USC.
  • 1953
    Age 13
    Ziegler attended Concordia Lutheran School and graduated the 8th grade in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated from Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He first attended college at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on May 12, 1939.
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