The Press: Mr. Politics of the Times

To most Washington newsmen, the New York Times's Bureau Chief Arthur Krock is the "Mr. Politics" of the U.S. press. But not to Krock himself; he has his own Mr. Politics. Every election night in the Times city room, Krock, 66 and a veteran of a mere 25 years on the Times, turns for guidance to a real oldtimer. "When will you call it, Jim?" asks Krock in his election night ritual. Only when 76-year-old James A. (for Andrew) Hagerty calls it does Krock write his story naming the election winner. "I've always followed him completely," says Krock, "and he's...

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