Reporting: Apologia pro Verbis Suis

At first, it seemed that Senator J. William Fulbright was apologizing. In a talk to the National Press Club in Washington last week (his first appearance in his 23 years in Washington), he expressed "regret" for an earlier speech in which he had called Saigon "literally and figuratively an American brothel"—a charge he repeated before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But then he went on to argue that the press had misinterpreted him.

"I sometimes find, after making a speech," he said, "that my central point or idea has been ignored and I find myself embroiled in a silly controversy over...

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