The Press: Question! Question!

For a painful hour last week, Candidate Henry Wallace met the press—and seemed to do his best to discredit himself completely with it. Publicists for his "Progressive Party" (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) had hopefully billed the session in Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel as a press conference, but it quickly degenerated into a battle between a pale, harried Wallace and red-faced, angry newsmen.

Wallace started by getting the wrong foot in his mouth. He read a letter by George Polk, the CBS correspondent whose murder in Greece (TIME, May 24, July 5) is still unsolved. Next he attacked Newsweek (Folk's former employer), CBS and the...

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