The Press: A Slap Before Birth

Plans for a national press council, as announced recently by the Twentieth Century Fund, envisaged a body of journalists and laymen that would judge serious complaints against large news organizations (TIME, Dec. 1 1). Because the council would have no police powers or official standing, its success rests solely on the cooperation of the television networks, wire services, newsmagazines and major newspapers. They would have to accept the council as a legitimate judge of accuracy and fairness and submit to its fact-finding procedures. Last week, still lacking a staff and a committed budget,...

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