The Public Interest

Learning to Say “No” to the Press

Michael Ledeen

Fall 1983

ONE day during the Lebanese war last summer, I got a telephone call from a leading television journalist. “How can it be,” I was asked, “that Begin and Sharon are continuing to bomb Beirut after everything we’ve put on television?” I speculated that perhaps Begin’s policy was not based on American evening news broadcasts, but this hardly slowed my interrogator. “But look at the pictures,” the journalist said. “They’re going world wide.”

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