The Press: Hot Potato

Last week, the U. S. press was presented with one of the hugest and hottest journalistic potatoes ever baked in Washington, D. C.—the dubiously legal opportunity of publishing the income tax figures of U. S. citizens as paid since Jan. 1, 1924.* Some newspapers had anticipated this opportunity, others had to decide speedily upon their conduct toward the luscious, but alarming, vegetable. Besides the ambiguity of the law, the papers had to consider the reactions of their readers and the dictates of policy. Would curiosity...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!