The Press: Midnight Alarm

Most Washington correspondents were already in bed last week when their telephones jangled with the cryptic midnight summons: "This is the White House. Mr. Short will have an announcement at 1 o'clock." Getting into their clothes, the disheveled newsmen hustled to the darkened White House. They had not been called out at such an hour since Italy's surrender in 1943. Nervously, they swapped guesses on what news was big enough to justify it now. Said one: "I hope it is only MacArthur."

At 1, Presidential Press Secretary Joseph Short let them in to his...

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