The Press: Loyalty Check

The staff of the Pacific Stars and Stripes had been fighting its own little war—mostly against its superior officers. In January the G.I.s publicly accused the "brass" of trying to muzzle their Tokyo daily. A month later Sergeant Kenneth Pettus, the managing editor, and Corporal Barnard Rubin, the star columnist, were fired from.the paper, ordered to Okinawa for reassignment. Explained an officer: the two had flunked a "loyalty check."

That made the staff even madder; they scribbled out a protest direct to General Douglas MacArthur. Last week MacArthur's inspector general, Colonel E. J. Dwan, answered them. Said he: "There is abundance of...

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