The Press: Information Is Not Truth

Precisely at 3 p.m. in a slate grey, glass-fronted, six-story building on Moscow's Pushkin Square, the subeditors and department heads of Izvestia (Information) trooped into the office of Editor in Chief Konstantin A. Gubin for the planyorka, or editorial conference. At the same time, 14 blocks north, Pavel A. Satyukov, editor in chief of Pravda (Truth), Moscow's other big morning paper, summoned the top members of his staff. There was no debate over policy. There was some debate about space allotments, e.g., between the Department of Propaganda and the Department of Soviet Constructions. But the planyorka was no more than a...

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