The Press: Correspondents' View

When President Eisenhower at his press conference (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) remarked that he was ready to take the judgment of the correspondents in his audience as to whether or not his administration had embraced "McCarthyism," the polling wheels began to grind. The New York Times's Washington Bureau Chief James ("Scotty") Reston promptly set his staff to work calling the 179 newsmen who had been at the conference to find out what their opinion was.

Timesmen reached only half of the reporters, and instead of Gallup-type "yes or no" questions, asked for opinions—which often turned...

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