The Press: The Road Shows

One morning last week, on the home-bound Presidential Special, tired, baggy-eyed Charlie Ross, press secretary to Harry Truman, ambled into the reporters' work car. Said Ross: "Good speech coming up at Clarksburg; it'll make a good story." Then he put down a sheaf of papers and said casually that here was a White House statement.

The newsmen scanned the executive order on reserve units of the armed forces. When they got to the phrase "proceed without delay ... to organize ... all reserve components," they rushed to their typewriters. At first glance, it looked like an urgent mobilization.

It was nothing of the...

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