The Press: What Happened?

Is there iniquity in my tongue? Cannot my taste discern perverse things? . . . Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

—Job VI

With perverse taste and awkward haste, some newspapers last week tried to write off the appalling election performance of the U.S. press as an amusing little joke. The Washington Post sent a can't-we-be-friends telegram to President Truman: YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO A "CROW BANQUET" TO WHICH THIS NEWSPAPER PROPOSES TO INVITE NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL WRITERS, POLITICAL REPORTERS AND EDITORS, INCLUDING...

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