Saturday. July 27. 1937 . . . Page 8
AS I SEE IT
Why Go Someplace Else?
New York Has Everything
By PAUL MILLER
I have never been able to understand
why anybody wants to leave New York
State for a summer vacation.
New York has everything-lakes and
mountains, climate, great historic spots,
beautiful scenery, unspoiled wilds.
That list of lures embraces .most of
what families seek when they set out
on summer vacation trips.
If they want something else again,
the greatest city in the world is only
a little distance.
And the whole package is tied
together by many good-to-fair roads
branching off a Thruway that is as fine
Still they go: Whipping past the
Finger Lakes, through historic valleys,
over mountains, to Someplace Else!
THAT'S ONE SIDE OF IT: There's
another, which has to do with vacation
Tourists spend $2 billion a year in
the United States. Rochester and New
York State in general are making
greater efforts to attract or keep more
of that substantial sum.
We still aren't doing half enough,
but we're showing some life.
. . .
FOR OVER A YEAR, The Times-
Union has been running a regular
feature, "Beautiful New York State."
Amateur photographers are encouraged;
through cash awards, to contribute to
It was started, and will be continued
indefinitely, for- two reasons among
1. A picture of a favorite landmark or a gorgeous scene helps offset,
The Times-Union hopes, some of the
not so pleasant news and pictures
that a newspaper which IS a newspaper must print.
2. There is the hope that readers,
seeing these pictures on the editorial
page each week, will in time-if they
don't already-agree that THERE'S
NO PLACE LIKE NEW YORK
. . . Another Grand Jury Criticizes
Another grand jury report has been
made public in New York City of a
character that presumably would be
kept secret in Rochester.
The, Manhattan jury recommended
an inquiry into the City Department
of Buildings, alleging "inadequacies"
in department, procedures.
Here in Rochester, State Supreme
Court Justice Charles B. Brasser is still
sitting on a report by Monroe County's
April-May Grand, Jury.
He sealed it when the jury turned
It in to him, saying:
"There is no authority for a grand
jury to criticize a public official or
department of government unless
evidence justifies the finding of an
indictment . . ."
The implication was that the presentment was critical of something or
somebody in our local government.
Previously, Erie County grand juries
regularly had been turning in presentments of a kind that Justice Brasser
would and has banned here: likewise,
and now again, New York City grand
An organization of Monroe County
grand jurors was formed to try to get
the sealed report made public. Funds
were raised and counsel retained. Legal
moves are in the making.
. . .
THIS WEEK, the thing got into
Democrats, warming up for the coming local campaign, suggest something
may be hidden that the public ought to
know. Republican County Chairman
Fred Parrish retorts that the matter has
no place in politics.
In my opinion, it has this small place:
So far as is known, the Republican
organization did nothing to seek release
of the sealed report or to bring about
what is important-a test of Justice
Brasser's contention, to the end that
uniformity may be established over the
True, the Republicans didn't HAVE
to get into it.
By not doing so, however, and
indeed by seeming to stand aside
from the volunteer groups fighting to
unseal the report, they left themselves
open to the charge, however undeserved, that they hoped the report
never would see the light of day.
IT IS CONCEIVABLE that had the
report (whatever its content) been made
public promptly, it would have been
all but forgotten by now.
It is certain that had appropriate
officials and party leaders joined in an
effort to get clarification of the question
whether grand juries may criticize
without indicting, there would now be
It still is not too late for some
. . . Newspaper Facts of Life
A Syracuse University researcher
studied political reporting qf the news
magazines: Time, Newsweek and U.S.
News for the period of the 1956 political
Now he has published his conclusions asserting:
"Definite bias" was apparent in
the news columns of Time and
U.S. News offered "fairly definite
coverage without apparent bias."
. . .
THE SURVEY WAS ONE MORE in
a widespread look at news media by
college researchers and others. Studies
sprouted all around after Adlai Stevenson, in his 1952 campaign, complained
of a "One-Party Press."
The surveys and the discussions they
generated may possibly have influenced
some editors of newspapers as well as
of magazines to try even harder in
the 1956 campaign for neutral handling
However, most editors and most
newspapers wore dedicated to unbiased reporting long, long before
Mr. Stevenson publicly took note that
relatively few preferred him to
IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY to get
across to laymen, but newspapers should
never cease trying to obtain general
public understanding of these newspaper facts of life:
We regard reporting of news as
And commenting editorially as
something else again.
Each has its place in most newspapers. Relatively few intentionally
permit editorial expressions mixed in
with news reports. Many do encourage
today's fine crop of reporters to go
beyond and behind the bare facts and
give explanation and background.
Even so, what is objective reporting
or fair explanation and background to
one reader, may look like biased editorializing to another. Correspondence in
Rochester only this week has demon-
strated that all over again.
It’s a problem of performance as
well as of public relations. We are
committed to the continuing efforts to
make one match the other.
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