Reporting: Image-Polishing in Alabama

Ever since Selma, Alabama's Governor George Wallace has been complaining that the out-of-state press is unfair to Alabama. In April, he sent invitations to 1,700 editors around the country offering to give them the "real story of Alabama." Last week 27 editors and 21 reporters, most of them from small-town dailies, showed up for a four-day tour. They discovered that the real story was not appreciably different from the reported one.

No Horns. Understandably, the tour was devoted to some elaborate image-polishing. Escorted by the Governor's staff and state business leaders,...

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