The Press: Interpreter of the U.S.

Most foreign correspondents are attracted to Washington as irresistibly as iron filings to a magnet. Not so Alistair Cooke, 42, author (A Generation on Trial) and chief U.S. correspondent of England's famed Manchester Guardian. ". . . Washington may be the best place to watch how the Government sees the foreign news," Cooke wrote recently, "[but] it is possibly the worst place to watch how America sees the world."

For a better vantage point, Correspondent Cooke, who makes his own headquarters in Manhattan, was packing his bags this week for his twelfth trip across the U.S., a custom which has already taken...

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