The Press: Columnist's Pup

When somebody sells a columnist a "pup" —a story based on distorted facts, half-truths, or inventions—the writer can follow one of three courses. He can hunt desperately for more facts with which to prop up the original lie; he can say nothing more about it and rely on his readers to forget the blunder; or he can frankly admit his mistake and correct the injustice.

Thus, last week, opened a column by the New Deal's most doctrinaire supporter among columnists, mousy, 44-year-old "Jay Franklin" (real name: John Franklin Carter). Columnist Franklin then almost...

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