The Press: Brownout in Washington

To Washington newsmen, one of the important stories last week concerned the press itself. The story: the increasing restrictions on news. Wrote U.P. Washington Bureau Chief Lyle Wilson: "The 'brownout' of news by the Eisenhower Administration [has] reached a new high . . . Washington reporters are becoming increasingly alarmed [over the] withholding of the public's urgent business from the public." The brownout, wrote Wilson, often concerns news that has nothing to do with defense, e.g., a Department of Health, Education, and Welfare conference to discuss distribution of the Salk vaccine was closed to newsmen.

Other reporters—and their bosses—joined the protest against...

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