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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Eric Alterman on Scotty Reston

Way back in 1991, the CJR published Alterman's review of the memoirs, Deadline, of New York Times Washington bureau chief and journalistic legend James Reston.

All sorts of historical resonances - not least that 1991 itself is WWW prehistory. And Reston knocked around when Pontius was a pilot. For instance, Reston recounts how
he scooped the world by publishing the confidential details of the 1944 Dumbarton Oaks conference, prompting an FBI investigation in the process.

Reston was, I believe, a friend of near contemporary Alistair Cooke, who died a couple of months ago.

A review of the Reston obits and a piece on the Times' coverage of the Cold War come to hand, both by Edward Herman.

(From Dumbarton Oaks came the United Nations. Kinda.)

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