The Press: McNamara's Ban

The Washington press corps has long since learned that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara regards reporters somewhat as a general looks on junior officers: they have a job to do, and they must have access to the top brass—but only through channels. Last fortnight, when McNamara marched into a grandstand to watch some Army war games at Wedgefield, S.C., reporters were forbidden to follow—and like good soldiers they obeyed.

But there is a maverick in every outfit; Reporter Roger Simmons of the Florence News nourished a newsman's distaste for military regulations and was unspoiled by...

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