Magazines: The Not-So-Free Press

The Washington press corps likes to picture itself battling heroically for the news against a secretive enemy — the U.S. Government. Writing in this month's Harper's, Washington Correspondent Joseph Kraft finds that picture highly flawed. "For the usual reasons of self-esteem," says Kraft, "the news community clings to the conventional notion of a 'free and independent press' arduously 'digging out' information 'without fear or favor' over the enraged shrieks of a monolithic Government. In support of that myth, prizes are awarded every year to the diminishing handful of journalists, usually from small towns, who do happen to dig up...

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