The Press: Terrorism and Censorship

"I love Andy Young," said "Reg" Murphy, publisher and editor of the San Francisco Examiner, "but Young's foot-in-mouth disease is really beginning to get to him."

Murphy's affectionate grumping was caused not by any of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations' forthright foreign policy remarks. Rather it was Young's observation at a press conference in Sacramento, Calif., that he wished the reporting of spectacular violence could be regulated. Distressed by the overheated coverage of the Hanafi Muslims' siege in Washington, D.C., Young suggested that the Supreme Court might "clarify" the Constitution's First Amendment to inhibit newspapers and television from "creating a...

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