The Press: Dirty Work at the Crossroads

Not all the correspondents realized it, but the U.S. press as well as the Bomb had been on trial at Bikini. The Bomb did its part. How had the press acquitted itself? Last week precise, Annapolis-trained Hanson W. Baldwin, military analyst of the New York Times, put into the record a stern account of slipshod work, "irresponsible sensationalism" and some more than raffish behavior.

His indictments:

¶ "Accreditation [with the help of a pressmen's committee] of too many persons who went along simply 'for the ride.' . . . These included an attorney, an...