The Press: Making News That Isn't

Sometimes, in dogged quest for the meaning behind the meaning, the Washington press corps finds top-headline news where there is none. This happened at Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' press conference last week, and before the over-interpretation and overextension were through, the press-created fantasy had reverberated round the world.

Most of the Dulles conference was devoted to discussion of the German reunification problem. The Secretary had characterized as "brutal" and "stupid" the latest Russian proposals for reunifying Germany, had restated his adherence to U.S. policy on Germany: "We believe in reunification by free elections.'' Late in the conference (the 26th question),...

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