The Press: Contempt

Despite 75-year-old Publisher William Randolph Hearst, 74-year-old Los Angeles Times Publisher Harry Chandler is the pet antipathy of West Coast liberals. Yet last week, Los Angelenos who wanted to support their own concept of a free press found themselves also supporting rock-ribbed old Harry Chandler.

The stitches for this motley united front were basted in two months ago when the Los Angeles Bar Association charged the Times with contempt of court, citing editorials on court decisions published after the verdict but before the passing of sentence or other disposition. Two of the five...

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