The Press: One Too Many

To Paris' pro-Communist daily Liberation (circ. 125,000) last week came a startling mimeographed letter from the Suez Canal Company. The letter noted gratefully that the press had been printing the company's side of the story in the Suez crisis. Enclosed was a check for 100,000 francs ($286)—"a contribution to your expenses for the month of August. It is understood that our participation could be renewed in the future."

What startled Liberation was that, having faithfully followed the Moscow line on the Suez crisis, it had done nothing to earn the money—the kind of bonus for which French journalism has long been...

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