Press: Newswatch: Making News and Non-News

Making News and Non-News

Summer used to be the time when serious news took a holiday. Some readers grumbled that important issues went unmulled in all the concentration on summer's zany trivialities. But no longer. In Moscow as well as Washington, public figures have decided that feeding news to the press should be a year- round occupation.

In an election year, when members of Congress might want to be back in their district politicking, they were busy on-camera deep into August (television coverage now gives them priceless visibility back home), striking attitudes about South Africa and Supreme Court Justices and crafting the new tax bill....

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