The Press: South Africa's Voice of Opposition

"The record of the American press on civil rights," said the visitor from South Africa, "is not particularly impressive. There have been courageous exceptions. But far too many American newspapers have been content to go along with public opinion in the South, rather than guide it. Most newspapers of the North, I feel, have adopted good positions on civil rights. But they don't express these opinions with dedication and energy."

Many a U.S. editor may quarrel with such criticism, but it comes from a man who has more than earned the right to make...

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