The Press: Bamboo Breakthrough

It was a sight not seen for many years in a U.S. newspaper. There on the front page of the New York Times last week, in adjoining columns, were staff-written reports from two of the least accessible of Communist capitals. Anthony Lewis was describing from Hanoi a U.S. bombing alert and the look of war that lay about him, while Associate Editor Harrison Salisbury noted from North Korea that he was the first U.S. correspondent to file under a Pyongyang dateline in more than 20 years.

Why the Times'? The paper's twin coup was the result of several elements. Its correspondents have...

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