The Press: Truth Hurts

One of the lasting legacies of Viet Nam and Watergate has been a deepening skepticism among journalists about the words and deeds of public officials. Former Senator J. William Fulbright, an early critic, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of U.S. policy in Indochina had much to do with fostering that skepticism. Now it seems he is beginning to regret it. The press, Fulbright laments in the current Columbia Journalism Review, has become "excessively mistrustful and even hostile" toward Government. He adds: "If once the press was excessively orthodox and unquestioning...

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