Journalists: Soviet Self-Criticism

"There is an old French anecdote about the Englishman who, having crossed the Channel for the first time, lands in Calais and observes that the first woman he meets has red hair, and thus quickly concludes that all French girls are redheads. He is a good example of the Soviet journalist."

Such a jeer at the Soviet press is common enough in the West; this time the quip appeared in Soviet Press, a monthly magazine that is circulated largely among Russian newsmen. The criticism had an added impact because the speaker was Ilya Ehrenburg, 75, one of Russia's best-known journalists....

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