NEWSWATCH: Trial by Interview

One price of being a public figure is to be pursued by a persistent journalist demanding private interviews for a full personality study. Dare the public figure refuse? Zbigniew Brzezinski, the President's National Security Adviser, tried and got the treatment. Sally Quinn's three-part series in the Washington Post damaged Brzezinski in passing, but it damaged the Post even more. The Post is one of the nation's best papers, though nowadays it often seems excessively bent on topping its Watergate success.

That may explain the Brzezinski lapse. It didn't help when Executive Editor...

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