The Press: Facts-Forum Facts

In the Washington bureau of the Providence morning Journal (circ. 45,767) and evening Bulletin (145,255), Bureau Chief Frederic W. Collins got a routine offer. He was invited to appear (for $125) on a TV interview show put on by Facts Forum, a nonprofit, "nonpartisan, nonpolitical educational organization." Newsman Collins made a quick check of Facts Forum, turned down the offer and wrote a story suggesting that Facts Forum is "not all it appeared to be." The Journal-Bulletin did not let the matter drop; they assigned Reporter Ben H. Bagdikian, 33, to a two-month...

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