The Press: Monday-Morning Missilemen

Stung by a barrage of editorials charging that Pentagon ballyhoo had witlessly buoyed up hopes for a successful Vanguard launching, the Government last week tucked the missile program back behind its security curtain. At Alabama's Redstone Arsenal, Army Ballistic Missile Agency people were even forbidden to talk to the press on any aspect of satellite plans, whether classified or not. Defense Department Pressagent Murray Snyder announced that future missile shoots will not be announced in advance, nor will newsmen on the spot be helped by officialdom.

Though Government mimeographs orbited overtime on the Vanguard project, and an uncommon flow of information on...

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