Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Daring to Be Cautious

The Democratic presidential race is becoming legitimate news at last. Television crews now hover around the contenders. But the left-behinds complain that they have been mugged in the dark during these past months while the press concentrated on the rivalry between Walter Mondale and John Glenn as front runners.

The press does indeed focus too much on who is ahead. It may also be negligent or grudging in reiterating the candidates' positions on the issues, perhaps because reporters have had to listen to each candidate's basic speech so many times. The charge that...

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