Though it died in 1975, TVN was obviously an early trial run for the powerhouse Fox News would become. The ideas were the same - to route Republican-friendly stories around the gatekeepers at the network news divisions. In Nixon's day, the only way to do that was to pump stories directly to local stations. By 1996, cable television offered a much more powerful alternative. And the whole project began - on the taxpayer's dime - in the White House under the direction of a Watergate felon.