The Press: What Is Truth?

To the newsmen who covered it, the climax of the sorrowful story of Exodus 1947 was hard going. No story from Germany since the Nürnberg trials had drawn so much manpower: 135 correspondents from a dozen countries converged on Hamburg as three ships from southern France, and their cargo of 4,400 Jews (TIME, Sept. 15), neared port. It was the kind of story that is toughest for reporters who try to be careful, dispassionate observers. Inevitably, each brought his prejudices, emotions and loyalties along, and the press coverage showed it.

Bumbling British officials did their best to foul up the coverage....

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