The Press: Beat Him When He Sneezes

One day last week, Secretary of State Dean Acheson strode down the aisle of the State Department auditorium and took a seat at his little mahogany table in front of the assembled newsmen. At his right, as is customary at Acheson's weekly press conferences, sat big, beefy State Department Press Officer Lincoln White. The Secretary wanted to get something off his chest—and what he had to say was almost as surprising to the press corps as a new shift in U.S. foreign policy. He wanted to apologize for having been rude.

Announced Acheson: "I want to open the press conference this morning...

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