siders the PLO better than Begin, andnvenerates Studs Terkel as a social sage.nWell, in the end, it may turn out to benpropitious for us that the media madenthemselves so conspicuously brazen: allnover America, hatred of the media is onnthe rise, and the Chicago episode wiUnhelp. Sooner or later, the trees in LincolnnPark will be ornamented with swingingneffigies of editors whose naked despotismnand casuistry will eventually propelnpeople into the streets in pursuit of justicenfor the decades of reckless medianoppression of the collective mind. DnYou Were Right (After All), SenatornMcCarthynMr. Michael Whitney Straight—annvknerican blue blood, aristocrat patriciannwho is heir to enormous wealth,nthe progeny of the most influentialncaste, an epitome of the Establishment, anCambridge University alumnus—hasnwritten a book in which he admits tonbeing a longtime Soviet spy, and that hisnactivities probably resulted in the deathsnof thousands of American soldiers innJOURNALISMnOh, What a Christian Monitor!nIn a shamelessly biased report on thenby-now-infamous conference “VietnamnReconsidered,” held not long ago at USCnin Los Angeles, one Stewart McBride,nidentffied as “staff correspondent of thenChristian Science Monitor,” shrillynbrings back all the 1960’s antiwarncliches. We do not know exactly whatnChristian Science considers “truth” ornhow its staffers monitor it, but this piecenof journalism makes us shudder. To judgenfrom this piece. Christian Scientistsnseem to have discerned a method ofnseparating “truth” from “feet” that willncertainly help them advance in the realmnof radical virtues, but it makes us wondernhow far the perversion of the adjectiven”Christian” and the noun “Science”n50inChronicles of CulturenKorea. Instead of being branded as ancheap scoundrel, or simply being ignored,nhe has been accorded lengthy reviewsnin our daily press, weekly magazines,nand intellectual journals, many of whichndwell sympathetically on the plight of ansplit personality, understandable humannfailures, and other enigmas of democraticnexistence. Perhaps the only moralnenlightenment in the book comes fromnan episode in which Mr. Straight confessesnhis sins, crimes, and contemptiblenessnto FBI officers, one of whom happensnto be the son of a gardener on thenStraight estate on Long Island, a recipientnof his cast-off clothes decades ago.nHe is now a defender of the Constitution,ndemocracy, and freedom, all of whichnMr. Straight has soiled by his mere presencenamong us. Something even morentelling, however, is how right that quintessentialnsimpleton was, that plebeiannsenator from Wisconsin who stubbornlynkept repeating that commie bastardsnwere dug into the highest reaches of thisnrepublic’s power structure. At that time,nMr. Straight was a high official in thenState Department and a White Housenspeech writer. Dncan go. Here is what Mr. Seymour Hersh,nwho is well known for treating both factnand truth with the same reverence asnsausage manufacturers treat their ingredients,nhad to say at the conference:n1 don’t think that the press was verynrelevant to the Vietnam war. For aUnthat good reporting the governmentnstill gets away with lying. Nothingnwe’ve done in Watergate or Vietnamnhas changed any of that.’nMr. McBride concludes in a tone of emphaticnsupport for a view which revealsnhow his Christian-Scientific journalisticnethics is constructed:nWashington shares ‘at least as much’nnnof the blame as Hanoi for the conditionnof Vietnam today, said John Mac-nAuM, a former antiwar activist whonhas served for the last 10 years as directornof the Indociiina Program ofnthe American Friends Service Committeen(AFSC). Had the United Statesnhonored the Paris peace agreementnand provided reconstruction aid, asnpostwar polls showed two-thirds ofnthe American people favored, Vietnamnwould be a different place today,nhe said. The proceedings of the VietnamnReconsidered’ conference are tonbe published in the coming year as antextbook by Harper & Row. The booknadvances and royalties have beenndonated by USC through AFSC to anhealth clinic in Ho Chi Minh City.nTo the best of otir modest knowledge,nwe have honored the Paris peace agreement,nwhile the Hanoi communists hadnraped and torn it to shreds even beforenthe ink had dried. And those AmericannFriends who were so sweedy mentionednseem always to serve a Brezhnev or annAndropov dutifully but never the occupantnof the White House, whatever hisnparty affiliation. All of which makes thendistinguished organ that employs thatnkind of staff correspondent seem less anmonitor and more a dispenser of lies.nAnd apparently, nothing that Americannliberal journalism has done in Watergatenor Vietnam will ever change that. DnLower Mathematics andnThe NationnIt has long puzzled us how the intellectualsnat The Nation managed to successfullyncomplete such courses as PoliticalnScience 101 back in the days whennthey were leading their local John ReednClubs. A recent article in its pages hasnbrought to light another field of stody ignored:nlower mathematics. While wenmake no claim to absolute expertise innthe field, we can confidently executenthat bane of elementary school studentsneverywhere: the story problem. The articlenin question excoriates GeneralnMotors for the manufacturing agree-n