Tuesday, January 23, 1973 - 4:09pm - 4:10pm
Richard Nixon, Ronald Ziegler
White House Telephone

President Nixon: Hello?

Operator: Mr. [Ronald] Ziegler.

President Nixon: Ron?

Ronald Ziegler: Yes, sir.

President Nixon: I just wanted you to be totally sure--and I also called [Bob] Haldeman to be sure that he backs you up--that my order on [Jerrold] Schecter and all--and [Hugh] Sidey--and all the bastards at Time is totally understood and totally enforced for the four years I'm in office. Under no circumstances whatever is any call to be returned to Time magazine, that everything--and isn't anybody to see them. Is that totally, absolutely understood and clear?

Ziegler: Yes, sir. I made--

President Nixon: Thank you very much.

Ziegler: I made the calls yesterday.

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.