The Press: Just Being Helpful

Some U.S. correspondents in Tokyo who got there before the Army found themselves in trouble with various authorities. The Jap Foreign Office said they could attend a Diet session only if they were 1) unarmed; 2) sober; 3) willing to promise not to eat in the galleries. They appealed to General MacArthur, who got the other provisions relaxed, but told them not to carry arms. Then he ordered newsmen three paces to the rear for the official entry into Tokyo. Said he dryly: "It is not American military policy for correspondents to spearhead the occupation."

The Japs' Domei News Agency, trying to...

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