Press What's in a Middle Name?

Plenty. And some 300 curious journalists are watching the William Kennedy Smith trial on TV, like everyone else.

In the world of journalism, there are datelines that burn forever in the crucible of memory: Berlin '45. Little Rock '57. Leopoldville '64. Chicago '68. Now a new one can be added: West Palm Beach '91.

Some 300 journalists, not to mention innumerable tabloid-TV types from shows like A Current Affair and Hard Copy, have converged on this drowsy resort. Local TV news shows, with their marvelous ability to manufacture hysteria, pump images out to the heartland every night, creating the inaccurate impression that the trial is a drama conducted at a fever pitch and that the media coverage is a...

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