Press: Credibility Cloud

Though they have personal preferences like anybody else, political reporters cherish their neutrality in news stories as the cornerstone of their credibility. But credibility suffered a serious setback two weeks ago when Newspaper Guild President Charles A. Perlik Jr., 48, mounted a chair at George McGovern's press headquarters in Miami Beach to proclaim: "McGovern sounds the beat we can march to. Let's fall in line behind him." The executive board of the journalists' union had endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in the Guild's 39-year history. It was an extraordinary move...

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