The Press: The Wine of Newsprint

In ten years as France's Ambassador to the U.S., Henri Bonnet has developed a great admiration for the U.S. press. Last week, on the eve of his retirement and return to France, 66-year-old Ambassador Bonnet good-naturedly told members of Washington's National Press Club why.

The U.S. press, as stimulating as "the little glass of white wine," provides a diplomat "with graphic arguments for his conversations at the State Department, based on good, authentic American sources that he does not hesitate to quote categorically—provided, of course, these arguments help support his point of view.

"The press also reveals to the diplomat sometimes hitherto...

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