The Press: Up from the Bungle

Almost 23 hours after doctors diagnosed the President's illness, the United Press and International News Service simultaneously (at 3:08 p.m.) flashed the first wire-service bulletins. Said the U.P.: "Ike has heart attack." Said the I.N.S. brain-twister: "Ike has a mild cerebral heart attack." The Associated Press lead, two minutes later, restrainedly quoted.the less dramatic verdict of a cerebral occlusion, but kept its weather eye on the headlines by explaining that "the White House called it 'a form of heart attack.' " Half an hour later, when all three wire services backed away from...

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