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There were a few points in the preceding narrative I've given you that I think could
bear a little more emphasis, or a little more illustrative material, if you want to do that.
There are various memoranda that might be of interest.
I think that the first thing I want to emphasize is - although I recognize that I had no
direct relationship and no responsibility, of course, with the news side of the paper, in fact
my entire and exclusive responsibility of course was editorial and to the publisher - I was
very concerned throughout the whole period and in repeated memoranda to the publishers
throughout the whole period we're talking about, the sixties and seventies, I was always
really quite concerned about what I felt were really twin dangers, that the Times was
getting more interested in feature and relatively less interested in what I would call “hard
news,” and its twin, what I saw as repeated evidences of editorialization in the news, in the
There were two facets of the news accounts that were appearing in the Times throughout
the sixties and seventies that really alarmed me a great deal, and concerning which I sent
constant notes of warning, and really protest, to the publisher.
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