The Press: Foot-in-Mouth Disease

On one thing, White House correspondents were agreed: under Harry Truman's administration, the presidential press conferences had become a mess. The fumbles, the off-the-cuff, foot-in-mouth answers had made news all right—but of a kind that needlessly and repeatedly embarrassed the U.S., if not its President.

Last week the New York Herald Tribune's Columnist Walter Lippmann braved the wrath of his fellow newsmen by advising Harry Truman to pull in his horns and his feet.

"As now conducted," he wrote, "[presidential press conferences] are as unsatisfactory as they are dangerous. . . ....

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