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March 14, 1986

The Press Embargo

Author Affiliations

Wills Eye Hospital Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1986;255(10):1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370100082012

To the Editor.—  I reading the editorial, "The Press Embargo: Friend or Foe?" my interest was captured by the note regarding the embargo break of Edward Kennedy in which he announced the end of World War II.1 The pejorative editorial picture of Kennedy stood in stark contrast to the park I happened across during a run in Seaside, Calif. A relatively new, lovely landscaped park was being enjoyed by several groups of children and adults. A brass plaque noted that the park was dedicated to Ed Kennedy, who, by reporting the early news of the end of World War II, saved thousands of lives. I was moved by this momento to Kennedy and felt that it reflected the attitude of many people who honor and admire people who act in the public interest irrespective of potential personal penalties. Perhaps we need more "parks" in America and need to worry