The Press: Booby Trap

At a meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Minneapolis Tribune Chief Editorial Writer Carroll Binder announced bluntly: "This is a report on a project launched by this society which has boomeranged." The project: a U.N. newsgathering treaty that would free the press of the world from censorship and other restrictions (TIME, May 23, 1949). As the global-minded U.S. delegate to the U.N.'s conferences on freedom of information, 56-year-old Editorialist Binder knew just what went wrong. Spurred on by the most high-minded intentions, the U.S. had marched starry-eyed into the jaws of...

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