A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 15, 1971

FOR several months now," cabled TIME'S Saigon Bureau Chief Jonathan Larsen, "relations between the press corps and the military command in Saigon have grown chillier and chillier. With little combat reporting to be done, journalists have begun scrounging around base camps and rear areas, asking questions about drugs, fragging, phony decorations and morale. The Army has retaliated by refusing interviews, bird-dogging correspondents in the field, and generally administering the news with an eyedropper."

For Larsen and his colleagues—both in Indochina and Washington —even an eyedropper's worth of information would have been greeted with heartfelt cheers during much of last week. Seeking to...

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