The Press: Cops & Robbers

In Washington, nearly 800 newspapermen fill assignments on the all-important job of telling the U.S.—and the world—what is going on. Are they doing their jobs diligently and well? Last week, in the first William Allen White Foundation lecture at the University of Kansas, able, personable James Reston, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington reporter of the New York Times, said flatly that they are not. The Administration, said he, is deliberately withholding information which the public is entitled to, and the capital correspondents are not working hard enough to dredge it up.

Said Reston: "An understanding...

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