Press: Cut Columnists

Outstanding journalistic phenomenon of recent years has been the emergence of the syndicated columnist. The boys and girls with a by-line have popularized personal journalism to such an extent that columnists have largely taken the place once held by the anonymous editorial page. Unlimited in subject matter, smart if not wise, knowing if not learned, the commenting columnist seems to the reader the ultimate in iconoclastic independence. But many a newspaper reader, bedazzled by cinemas in which journalists invariably go clothed in glamor and independence, fail to realize that, while their favorite...

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