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manageable. There were intangible costs in the memorandums and special reports that analysts had not prepared because they were caught up in producing for the Daily, and most important, there were substantial costs in human wear-and-tear.
Currency exacts a toll. Before the advent of the Daily, analysts generally could complete their work during normal business hours. They might draw occasional night duty as task force members in crisis periods, but for the most part they could wait until the following morning to attend to things that occurred at night. This is not so with the Daily. It requires reportorial and analytical updating through the night, six nights a week, and that requires the presence of night representatives from each of the five divisions of OCI as well as from OER and the Regional Analysis Division of OSR. That much analytical manpower at night means less analytical manpower available during the day. Night duty also has physical side effects, creates analytical continuity gaps, and disrupts schedules to a degree that can be irritating.
The Daily requires firm editing, and this can bruise analysts. An OCI memorandum observed:
"Editors, like death and taxes, will be with us always and will attract the same measure of affection. The Daily by its nature requires the attention of more editors than any other publication OCI has ever produced. This fact has magnified an old OCI bugbear-levels of editorial review. . . .
"Some characteristics of the editing on the Daily are common to other OCI publications, some are quite different. The main differences are: The Daily processes a far larger amount of copy each day, and the greater part of the processing takes place after the normal working day. The Daily also introduces headlines and layout, along with the peculiar problems of finite space. . . .
"The late nature of much of the work on the Daily means that, compared to the Bulletin and the Weekly, the analyst has lost a measure of control over his product. He cannot, for example, take part in writing a headline for his story unless he is prepared to stay around half the night. He may not see the final edited version of his story. . . .
"Textual editing will frequently seem capricious to the author, and some of it will even seem brutal. . . .
There was no magic wand to make such problems go away. In June 1974, weighing the costs against the results, OCI recommended that the DO establish the Daily as CIA's primary periodical for the policy-level officer. The DCI accepted the recommendation, and the "experimental publication" label went off the Daily's masthead.
Character of the Daily
Each issue of the Daily carries the intelligence that the editors believe will prove most useful to policy makers that day. No edition could be considered typical, but any could illustrate the kinds of things the Daily offers.
For example, the Daily on May 17, 1976 offered five items of intelligence on page 1:
--An analysis of a Chinese leftist pronouncement commemorating the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Cultural Revolution.
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