The Press: Let Freedom Ring

Between New York and Moscow, words like "slave" and "phony" flew back & forth. The New York Times's pugnacious managing editor and Sunday columnist, Edwin L. (for Leland) James, and the Communist Pravda's choleric co-editor, David losifovich Zaslavsky, were locked in battle.

James had started it. When a Soviet delegate to the U.N. Economic and Social Council solemnly asserted that only in the Soviet system was there a free press, James exploded: "Propaganda gone crazy." Zaslavsky retorted with half a page of invective in Pravda. James came back this week with a challenge: "There...

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