The Press: Controversy Refueled

Seldom in so short a span do newspapers have to grapple with such complex legal issues as those in the Page One headlines last week. They ranged from the indictment of Russia's rape of an entire nation to the fine points of Supreme Court concern for the rights of individuals. Abstruse and remote though most of them might be in their philosophical underpinnings, these topics aroused Americans because they converged on the central theme of freedom and justice under law—whether in Japan or Germany, whether for Hungarians or Americans.

By far the biggest issue for the press was posed last week by...

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