The Press: Fake

A fortnight ago the New York Herald-Tribune had a great "beat." The headline ran: "New Yorkers Drink Sumptuously on 17,000-Ton Floating Cafe at Anchor Fifteen Miles off Fire Island" (TIME, Aug. 25, NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Other newspapers echoed the story 24 hours later, being careful to credit the Herald-Tribune with its origin. Many readers of these other newspapers felt that the credit had been given in sincere admiration for so great a "beat,"—credit where credit was due.

But there was more than admiration between the scrupulous credit lines. There was caution as well,...

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