The Press: On Second Thought

Just before the British elections 100 American newspapers were offered an article by Clement Attlee outlining his socialist policies. Five papers—the New York Herald Tribune, the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Toronto Star, and the Chicago Sun—bought and printed it; the other 95 turned it down. Explanation by some who rejected the article: it was a little outside the main trend of events.

That surprised stocky, Hungarian-born Emery Reves, prewar agent for most of Europe's writer-statesmen (Churchill, Eden, Reynaud, Sforza, etc.). From long experience Agent Reves thought that he knew an important document when he saw one. The Attlee piece...

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