James Reston


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James Barrett Reston (November 3, 1909 – December 6, 1995), nicknamed "Scotty," was an American journalist whose career spanned the mid 1930s to the early 1990s. He was associated for many years with The New York Times.

Reston was born in Clydebank, Scotland into a poor, devout Scottish-Presbyterian family that emigrated to the United States in 1920. He sailed with his mother ... more »

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  • ''In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out.''
    James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Nov. 18, 1991).
  • ''People are always dying in the Times who don't seem to die in other papers, and they die at greater length and maybe even with a little more grace.''
    James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. New Leader (New York, Jan. 7, 1963).
  • ''Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.''
    James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The President and the Press," The Artillery of the Press (1966).
  • The conflict between the men who make and the men who report the news is as old as time. News may be true, but it is not truth, and reporters and officials seldom see it the same way.... In the old da...
    James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The Tug of History," The Artillery of the Press (1966).
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