The Press: Fried Crow, à la Mode

"There is only one question," wrote Columnists Joseph & Stewart Alsop after President Truman's surprise victory in 1948, "on which professional politicians, polltakers, political reporters and other wiseacres and prognosticators can any longer speak with much authority. That is how they want their crow cooked."

With the stringy taste of 1948's crow still in their mouths, the brothers Alsop and many another pundit had determined not to eat it again over last week's New Hampshire primaries. Out-of-state correspondents had swarmed all over New Hampshire in an unprecedented invasion, finding out how the ordinary voters felt—one great omission in 1948. By Election Day,...

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