The Press: All the Handouts Fit to Print

To the editors of the New York Times, the story obviously seemed significant. It began with more than half a column on the front page and carried over to a full page inside. Written by Times Washington Bureau Chief Tom Wicker, the piece was based on a handout: a statement calling for a more liberalized U.S. policy toward Communist China, including eventual diplomatic recognition and admission to the United Nations. Wicker emphasized that the statement had been signed by "198 academic experts on China," all of whom belong to the Association for Asian...

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