CRITIQUE: Hard Times for Rocky

Reflecting on Nelson Rockefeller's new problems, the New York Times editorial page was duly sympathetic. The Times was unhappy about the unnecessary delay in the confirmation hearings, pointing out that during the hiatus "dribs and drabs of information about Mr. Rockefeller and the Rockefeller family—much of it distorted—will keep filtering into newspapers."

True enough. What the editorial did not mention was that the Times, more than any other influential paper, has been spreading these dribs and drabs across Page One with an unusually broad brush. It disclosed rather breathlessly, for instance, Brother...

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