The Press: Boldness v. Wit

Like oldtime court jesters, newspaper colyumists are privileged—nay, obliged— to play horse with the serious news of the day. But just as the jester was in danger of having his head lopped off if his boldness should outrun his wit, so must the colyumist watch carefully lest he shock the Average Reader's sensibilities. Readers of Colyumist Harry Irving Phillips (''The Sun Dial") in the New York Sun one day last week wondered whether he had gone too far.

Colyumist Phillips' offering that day was a "letter" from President Hoover, inviting Bryan Untiedt,...

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