The Press: Confusion in Munich

In Europe headlines announced the release of the Munich hostages, and in Israel people went to bed thinking that they had been saved. Millions of Americans who watched early-evening TV news programs on Tuesday came away with the impression that the athletes had been rescued. In a world of instantaneous communications, everyone knows the news—even when it is false. Rarely in recent years has a single news event been so misreported to so many people as the murders in Munich.

Still, it is difficult to put much of the blame on newsmen. Indeed many...

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