Press: Faint Praise

The New York Times's gangling, 36-year-old Frank L. Kluckhohn is regarded by his colleagues as an energetic but sometimes foot-in-mouth reporter. Last week in the Southwest Pacific, Correspondent Kluckhohn gave them another example of his style: a close-up of the U.S. "Ace of Aces"—stocky, 23-year-old Major Richard Ira Bong (TIME, April 24). Correspondent Kluckhohn doubtless meant his story to be warm, sympathetic, Ernie Pyle-like. If so, he missed his target by a wide margin. Wrote he:

"Asked . . how it felt to have shot down more planes officially than any other American—27—Major...

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