The Press: Quarantining the News

By any measure, it was the biggest story of the decade. A mighty U.S. fleet scoured the seas, its guns challenging Cuba-bound vessels of any flag. In the U.S., the nation waited anxiously for the latest development. And as the Cuban crisis unfolded, the news emerged only after careful and thorough screening by Washington. Not a single newsman was with the fleet in the first days of the blockade for an eyewitness story.

Patient & Cooperative. Short of actual war, no U.S. Administration had ever before buttoned up so tightly. The security measures went...

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