The Press: The Squeeze

"I love criticism," General Douglas MacArthur told Newsweek's Foreign Affairs Editor Harry Kern last spring. Chatting with the General during a visit to Tokyo, Kern brought up a critical story that Newsweek Correspondent Compton Pakenham had sent about the occupation. MacArthur, who had issued a rebuttal to the story, made no complaint to Kern.

But last week Newsweek was caught in General MacArthur's squeeze on correspondents in Japan (TIME, Feb. 2). Pakenham had gone to the U.S. on leave last summer, and MacArthur had personally refused to let him return. Newsweek cabled a final protest: "This refusal to accredit Pakenham is a...

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