Newspapers: Not the Right to Know But to Know What's Right

Japanese students rioted by the tens of thousands in 1960 over the renewal of the U.S. mutual security treaty, and the nation's press egged them on with inflammatory stories and editorials. Last October the students once again took to the streets to protest Prime Minister Eisaku Sato's trip to Viet Nam. But if history repeated itself, the press did not. It reported the rioting with obvious distress and admonished the students to restrain themselves. Said Asahi, Japan's biggest daily: "The students have forgotten that a social movement will not get on the...

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