The Press: News by Handout?

The Defense Department, trying to get some control over what is published about the armed services, last week announced two new ground rules for newsmen covering the Pentagon:

¶Secretary Lovett decreed that in the future the Defense Department, and not the individual services, will release news about new weapons. In that way, said he, all reporters will get the stories at the same time. And classified information will not be revealed on an off-the-record basis as background material. ¶Defense's public-information officer, Andrew Berding, will no longer "protect" reporters on the trail of...

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