A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 24, 1961

NEWS used to be defined as the unexpected—or what's new, and the man who bit the dog was trotted out solemnly as the favorite object of journalistic curiosity. But TIME takes a different view. Increasingly, the real business of journalism is not to report the newest transitory "scoop" or to record the latest accident (though FIVE KILLED IN HIGHWAY WRECK still has a local urgency). Our own job, in a world that gets more complex all the time, is to sort out the essential from the transitory, to get to the bottom of conflicting claims, to pierce through the propaganda...

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