Newspapers: Responsibility Amid Emotion

"Grief," "shock,""shame" — the words appeared over and over again in thenation's press after the assassination of Martin Luther King. "We are becoming in the eyes of the world, and to an alarming degree in fact," said the Louisville Courier-Journal, "a violent nation of violent people, given to a disregard for life that must shame decent people here and throughout the world." Most papers declared that it was time for a nationwide soul searching. The assassination"demands the most sober reflection," editorialized the Los Angeles Times, "the deepest national self-examination."

But one commentator, at least, warned against...

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