The Press: A Pretty Poor Job?

Is the press doing a good job in telling the news to readers? A poll of newspaper copy desk chiefs by George Gallup showed that it is doing "a pretty poor job."

His polls have shown, wrote Gallup in this week's New York Times Magazine, that a third of American adults do not know that Dean Acheson is Secretary of State. In one series of questions (Where is Manchuria? Formosa? What is the 38th parallel? The Atlantic pact? Who is Chiang Kaishek? Tito?), almost a fifth of the people asked couldn't answer a single...

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