The final weeks of a presidential campaign can usually be counted on to generate a crescendo of press partisanship.
But there has been little that can be called usual about the 1964 campaign.
And as it drew to a close last week, the press coverage, while as comprehensive as ever, reflected a curious and almost deliberate note of political detachment.
It was as if the newspapers, in an effort to be scrupulously impartial, had measured their attention to the candidates with a ruler.
Reporters and columnists alike might well have been making amends for...