The Press: Alsop's Fables

Washington Columnist Joseph Alsop flew back to his capital beat last week after eleven weeks of legwork in the Middle East. Out of his trip came a notable series of reports on the critical area where Russian diplomacy is stoking the fires of Arab nationalism against the West. As a pundit, 46-year-old Joseph Wright Alsop, who shares his column with brother Stewart, often overdramatizes the dark side into deepest doom. But Alsop's dramatic flair as a reporter in foreign lands seizes surely on color, incident, history and personality to bring a situation crackling to life. In this journalistic field he has...

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