The Press: Would You Have Done What the Times Did?

While it enjoyed the biggest journalistic beat in years, the New York Times last week found itself in the curious position of reporting and discussing at great length its own role in the controversy over the Pentagon papers. "I feel miserable," said Times Managing Editor A.M. Rosenthal as he watched other papers print parts of the Pentagon mother lode that the Times had polished into an eight-day presentation totalling 250,000 words. "A Xerox machine," he grumbled, "is the only self-breeding mechanical contrivance."

Instead of running its own disclosures, the Times was forced to fill...

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