The Press: Pitchmanship at Geneva

Matched against the 158-man U.S. contingent, the four Russian newsmen seemed lost in the 1,174-man army of correspondents and technicians from 56 nations that swarmed through Geneva last week. But the Russians cared not a bit. Long on record as thinking the Big Four foreign ministers' conference a time-wasting prelude to the summit, the Russian government was out to shape the news, not report it. And Soviet press pitchmanship was an outstanding feature of the first conference week.

Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko set the style, soon became a topic of conversation among newsmen...

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