The Press: Breach of Precedent

Faithful New York Times readers had their hats blown off last week. On the front page they read an interpretive story which was a departure from the Times tradition. It committed the heresy of pointing out flaws in the State Department.

In season & out, Times Pundit Arthur Krock and his Washington bureau have been at great pains to explain that, generally speaking, the State Department is without flaws; and that if any little flaws have crept in, they are the work of Mr. Roosevelt, never of good, grey Cordell Hull. But this story, on the authority of unnamed officials, flatly reported...