The Press: Comrade Ehrenburg Errs

Russia's prolific and eloquent pamphleteer, Ilya Ehrenburg, earned his journalistic spurs as a war correspondent. Ever since, he has been riding off in all directions as a propagandist. Most U.S. editors, unwilling to believe that any Soviet newsman could stray very far from the collective corral, have presumed that Russian policy was riding in the same direction.

Last week, to everyone's surprise, Mr. Ehrenburg was soundly spanked — and not by a U.S. editorialist but by a fellow Russian. The spanker was George Alexandroff, propaganda chief of the party's Central Committee, who took...

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