The Press: ABC v. the Reporters

Newsmen thought it was a tossup which was colder—the six-above-zero dawns on Nevada's frozen mountainsides or the Atomic Energy Commission. The AEC wouldn't even give reporters the time of day of an A-blast, or the day. So, for three weeks of icy daybreaks, almost 100 reporters clambered up the mountainsides and stood in five-inch snow, peering towards the test site at Frenchman's Flat, waiting for a blast. By last week, when the first big explosion finally came, one-third of the correspondents had given up in disgust. By week's end, all but a handful...

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