Bernard Kalb's Modest Dissent

The State Department spokesman quits over disinformation

When the Reagan Administration was reported to have organized a "disinformation" campaign to mislead both Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the U.S. press, Secretary of State George Shultz declared, "Frankly, I don't have any problems with a little psychological warfare against Gaddafi." But if Shultz was not at all disturbed, his press spokesman was--so much so that he quit last week as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Standing in his familiar position on the podium of the State Department pressroom, Bernard Kalb announced to stunned reporters that he chose to "dissent from the reported disinformation program." Said Kalb, a...

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