The Press: Critique from London

Has the U.S. press been persecuting Richard Nixon in the Watergate case?

A few American commentators say yes (TIME, May 28), but none has had the impact of a foreign critic, the Times of London, which recently argued in a long editorial that Nixon was the victim of "a Washington variant of lynch law."

Because of the paper's prestige and its objectivity in an American dispute, the Times's thoughtful critique has provoked debate over whether the press has become reckless in its pursuit of Watergate villains.

The leader, written by Times Editor William Rees-Mogg, gave full credit to the journalists who originally made crucial...

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