Julian Goodman, 90, a journalist who produced the second Kennedy-Nixon debate before becoming the president of NBC during a tumultuous period of conflict with the Nixon administration, died on Monday at his home in Juno Beach, Fla. Although he took pride in his frequent defense of the First Amendment and in being targeted by the Nixon White House as a political opponent, Goodman had a reputation for being self-effacing and never asking for a promotion or a raise. "People gave me one when I did my work well," he wrote in 1985. When he was named president of NBC in 1965, he told the New York Times, "I am not an ambitious man." But four years later he was engaged in a war of words with Vice President Spiro Agnew, who accused the news media of biased coverage of the Vietnam War. Goodman responded, "Evidently he would prefer a different kind of television reporting -- one that would be subservient to whatever group was in authority at the time."
NEW YORK TIMES