The Administration: The Olsen Affair

A onetime Marine captain and a widely experienced journalist, Arthur J. Olsen joined the State Department four years ago as public affairs adviser for the Bureau of European Affairs. Earning a reputation for integrity, accuracy and diplomatic expertise, he rapidly became known to State Department reporters as "one of the press information people in Washington who are really worth talking to," in the words of the Washington Post's Chalmers Roberts.

When Olsen was appointed last month to become the department's chief of press relations, both reporters and diplomats were generally enthusiastic. But the approval in Washington was not unanimous. Arizona's Senator...

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