The Press: The Perfectionists

The morning after his kidnapers had released him, Atlanta Constitution Editor Reg Murphy was haggard and tired. Because his wrists had been bound during much of his 49-hour ordeal, one hand was still numb. But he was a newsman with a story. So he sat down and wrote a 4,000-word account of what it had been like in captivity. The Associated Press immediately moved the story on its national wire in time to make Sunday editions round the country.

Though the article was discursive and heavy with detail, many editors happily rushed the story to press. After all, it was a dramatic...

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