Reporting: What Publication Does

This being a presidential year and all, hardly anyone expected Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Ambassador to South Viet Nam, to stay in Saigon indefinitely. But no one had any idea precisely when he would come home. No one, that is, except Max Frankel, the New York Times's diplomatic reporter in Washington. Ambassador Lodge, reported Frankel last week, "has asked to be relieved of his post within 30 days. Mr. Lodge told President Johnson that the resignation was prompted by reasons of health, which he did not specify."

Even as Frankel's story appeared, people began assailing its verisimilitude. White House Press...

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