The Press: Sarah Silenced

The presidential press conference was more than half over when a stocky, blonde woman reporter finally got the floor. "Sir," began Sarah McClendon, Washington correspondent for a string of 14 dailies in Texas and New England, "two well-known security risks have recently been put on a task force in the State Department to help reorganize the Office of Security." John F. Kennedy's face froze. Before Mrs. McClendon could go on, he interrupted her. "Well, now," said the President coldly. "Who?"

Not a bit flustered, Newshen McClendon named William Arthur Wieland and J. Clayton Miller—two State Department aides who, far from working...

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