Foreign Correspondents: Too Much Crusading

Writing with the authority of long service as a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and The New Yorker magazine, Christopher Rand made no secret of his disapproval of the performance of his colleagues. While watching the overseas press corps cover a war in Asia, Rand became convinced that "the crusading or bellicose tradition of U.S. journalism goes badly with foreign reporting." On their foreign beat, he wrote, the crusaders seemed "more eager to put on an act than to right wrongs. Or perhaps they had fallen into mere hostility for...

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