The Press: Judging the Fourth Estate: A TiME-Louis Harris Poll

PUBLIC criticism of newspapers is the shrillest and most widespread I have seen in 18 years. The public mood is uneasy, querulous, fearful." The words are those of Wallace Allen, managing editor of the Minneapolis Tribune, but the view is shared by many reporters, writers and editors. Television is also a target. After last summer's Chicago convention, the U.S. was plunged into debate over TV coverage of the riots. Did the cameramen and commentators deliberately distort their reportage in favor of the protesters and against the police? In a postmortem, NBC News Chief...

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