Evening Star, September 24, 1947

In the aftermath of partition, a familiar complaint:

"India Embassy Calls Reports to U.S. on Rioting One-Sided"

"American reporters are largely concentrated about Delhi (in India)... therefore the picture they give is a one-sided one"
"I do not say that what they report is not true. But if you don't tell what is happening in West Punjab (in Pakistan), then the picture is out of focus"
"Mr. Sen said that many American newspapers 'are not printing dispatches from India which give the other side of the picture.'
"While disturbances in the Punjab hold public attention in this country, wide progress which is being made in the evolution of India's political constitution passes unnoticed"

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A profile of Jinnah by Phillips Talbot, the erstwhile American ambassador to Greece turned journalist:

"One-Man Crusade Split India"

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"This Changing World"

"Partition of India Offers Red Leaders Chance for Infiltration and Intrigue"

(common theme in American coverage during this period, unsurprisingly)

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