The Press: The Light That Failed

In its generally shrewd outlook on the world, the influential Washington Post (circ. 187,555) has navigated its approach to Far Eastern affairs by two bright beacons. One is Editor Herbert Elliston's livid hatred of Chinese Nationalist Leader Chiang Kaishek. The other was his admiration and respect for Secretary of State Dean Acheson, who had given every sign of sharing the Post's views on Chiang.

A few months ago, Elliston began to hear disturbing things: Acheson was saying privately that maybe the U.S. should toughen its policy toward the Chinese Communists, and responsible Democrats...

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