The Press: Differences at the Times

For many months the New York Times has consistently and firmly deplored U.S. policy in Viet Nam. It has repeatedly argued against escalating the war: "The continued bombing of North Viet Nam makes progress toward a peaceful settlement—however far off it must necessarily be—more difficult rather than less, harder rather than easier." It has never tired of proposing peaceful approaches to North Viet Nam, even suggesting that another suspension of bombings might cause Hanoi to "take some face-saving peace initiative of its own." It has been willing to make more of a compromise at the negotiation table than most U.S. policymakers:...

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