National Affairs: Big Ones & Little Ones

White House correspondents, watching a pressroom TV set while the New York Giants battled the Brooklyn Dodgers, got a special summons to the office of Presidential Press Secretary Joe Short. Short looked gravely through his spectacles, and began reading from a paper before him. "Another atomic bomb has recently been exploded within the Soviet Union," he read. "This event confirms again that the Soviet Union is continuing to make atomic weapons . . . Further details cannot be given without adversely affecting our national security interests."

The Hint. Three days later, a Pravda reporter got further details from Joe Stalin himself. Asked...

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