The Press: In the Dock

In their consideration of Francis Powers' U-2 trial in Moscow, few U.S. newspaper columnists bothered to meditate about the performance—and its meaning —of the defendant himself. Whatever nagging doubts newsmen had about Powers' actions in the dock were left unsaid as they chose the safer course of excoriating either Russia's shabby propaganda display before the world or its kangaroo justice. But last week, United Feature Syndicate's William S. White, former congressional correspondent for the New York Times and now a columnist appearing in 120 papers, sat down at his typewriter, cleared his throat, and put into print perhaps the most forthright...

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