The Press: Essays on Imperfection

For a decade American journalism has been the target as well as the generator of criticism. It has been accused of being first too complacent and then too alarmist about Viet Nam, of being insufficiently sensitive and too gullible concerning the counterculture of the '60s, of being first casual and then over-zealous about Watergate. Such indictments have come from within and without the craft, often at a pitch intended to shatter glass.

A welcome change is provided in a new book by Thomas Griffith, How True: A Skeptic's Guide to Believing the News.* With witty epigrams and cogent commentary, Griffith avoids knee-jerk...

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