The Press: Right to Refuse

A newspaper has the right to refuse to publish advertising that it believes is untrue, misleading or unethical, even if the space contract has been signed—said New York Supreme Court Justice John B. M. Stephens last week. His decision upheld the Rochester Times-Union in its refusal to print advertising copy of the Amalgamated Furniture Factories, Inc., which tried to make the public believe that it manufactured its own furniture. Newspapermen lauded Justice Stephens and the Times-Union; makers of gewgaws, bunion cures, lewd pictures bit their tongues.

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