The Press: Devil of a Job

Censorship Director Byron Price, whose hand on the blue pencil has usually been both light and wise, used a slightly heavier hand last week. He asked editors to go easy on discussing "expectations or probabilities" about the future of Russo-Japanese relations. Reason: "speculations . . . however erroneous they might prove to be, could possibly lead to a Japanese attack on Russia." The Washington Post, which like many a U.S. paper had already made the obvious deduction that Russia's denunciation of its Jap pact "bodes a break sooner or later," confessed to...

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