Newspapers: Letter from Paris

The letters column of a newspaper presents its readers with a public forum in which to judge the quality of its journalism—if they choose to write and if the paper chooses to publish their letters. Last week, with a remarkable display of willingness to let its critics speak, the New York Times printed a column-long letter containing one of the sharpest attacks to date of its coverage of the war in Viet Nam. The writer: Frederick E. Nolting Jr., 55, a U.S. diplomat for 17 years, former U.S. Ambassador to South Viet Nam, and now a Paris-based vice president...

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