The Press: How to Lose a Beat

At his home on Washington's Woodley Road one evening last week, New York Times Bureau Chief James Barrett Reston was getting ready to go out with his family when the telephone rang. "O.K.," said the voice on the phone. "You can get them." For Reston "them" meant only one thing: the secret records of the Yalta Conference. Like other Washington newsmen, "Scotty" Reston knew that the report might be released any time. Only the day before, the State Department had volunteered to supply 24 "confidential" copies of the record to Congress. But the Democrats,...

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