The Pentagon, The Press and The Public
Goulding, Phil G.
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEBorn in San Francisco on March 28th, 1921, he recieved a B.S. at Hamilton College in 1943. He was a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1947-1965; a member of the Washington Bureau of this paper from 1950-1965. From 1965 to 1967 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Washington; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs from 1967 to 1968. He served from Ensign to Lieutenant, USNR from 1943 to 1946. He is a member of the Delta Upsilon, Episcopalian Club and the National Press Association.ANNECDOTE In my office Phil and I had an animated, positive conversation about my "War News System" dissertation and the book "Truth is the First Casualty" about war reporting.SUMMARY He opened by describing the chain of command of the Pentagon and the position and role of the office he held in the Pentagon. Next came his position on the Ellsberg papers = questioning the justification of a clear and present danger that would justify the "greater good theory" of national security violation. Then came Goulding's thesis about the public crisis of confidence being America's major problem today. In particular he advocated a Peoples Commission of Citizens to publically challenge the President and Congress regularly and a new Joint Committee of Congress for liaison with the Citizens group and as a target of the Citizens group.