A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 26, 1959

WHAT is news? Webster says simply that it is "matter of interest," a definition at once prosaic yet broad. Much interests TIME'S readers, their normal curiosity whetted by headlines, radio bulletins, TV shows. Sometimes some of the most important news of the week is made by these headlines. Newsmen rarely, if ever, report the news about themselves. Last week one story that shouted out of the front pages and caused repercussions both in the U.S. and in Europe—the story of John Foster Dulles' press conference—was created by the press, and thus what reporters, pundits and editors said became the real news....

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