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...

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