The Press: Reader Beware

How should a newspaper handle an irresponsible charge made by a public figure? Most newspapers, clinging to the old-fashioned fetish of "objectivity," print the charge as straight news, leave it to the reader to interpret. Even when the paper follows up its story with a denial from the person maligned, the denial seldom catches up with the charge. For this reason, more and more editors feel that the old rules for handling such stories are not good enough (TIME, May 4).

Last week, when Indiana's Republican Senator William E. Jenner charged that Fair Dealers "shamefully" sent American troops to Korea where "they...

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