Newspapers: Reston Takes Charge

In the 25 years that he has worked in Washington, New York Timesman James ("Scotty") Reston, 58, has become the city's closest equivalent to an oracle. In his thrice-weekly column, he likes to size up the direction in which the U.S. is heading. And if he often finds it is downhill, he usually supplies his own prescription for applying the brakes—or decides that perhaps it will come out all right in the end after all. Whatever he has to say, the nation's leaders are in the habit of listening to and heeding him. With this kind of prestige, it...