A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 18, 1988

One day in 1943 TIME Managing Editor T.S. Matthews inspected the young fellow - from Seattle who had just been hired as a writer. "Oh, you're a Tom?" he said, catching the man's name on the application form. "Sorry, I'm Tom around here. You're Griff."

So Griff it has been for much of Thomas Griffith's 45 years in the corridors of Time Inc. For the past twelve years he has been turning out TIME's Newswatch column. Readers who have come to know and respect the column's level-headed analyses of the press and its foibles will not be surprised to learn that...

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