The Press: Blackmail & Principle

The dispute between the nation's press and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles over his refusal to let American newsmen go to Red China flared up anew. Going beyond his original argument—an unconvincing one—that the U.S. would not be able to protect reporters behind the Bamboo Curtain, Dulles last week entered a new explanation that first confused and then angered editors across the nation.

"As you know, of course, the Chinese Communist government has for some time been trying to get reporters, preferably those it picked, to come into Communist China," Dulles told his...

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