The Press: Seven-Day Wonder

When Frank Waldrop, editor of the Washington Times-Herald, came home for dinner one evening last fortnight, his ten-year-old son Andrew had exciting news: "Harry Hopkins was a spy!" The boy had been listening to Fulton Lewis Jr.'s radio interview with ex-Major G. Racey Jordan and, as Waldrop said afterward, "That was his young way of summing it up." Waldrop's own way of summing it up for his readers was to reprint verbatim the broadcast of Lewis, who is not celebrated for his accuracy. Waldrop made no effort to determine whether or not the Jordan...

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