A Letter From the Publisher: Jul. 20, 1987

The TIME Washington correspondents who reported this week's cover stories did what almost every American near an electrical outlet tried to do last week: they watched Oliver North testify on Capitol Hill. But the correspondents attended the sessions in person and then called sources for reaction. "More legwork is required in reporting major scandals than in any other type of reporting," says Congressional Correspondent Hays Gorey, who recalls wearing out a few pairs of shoes covering Watergate. "Sources are so few and reporters so many that dozens of calls are never returned. You have to track sources to restaurants, to their...

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