The Press: As I, Ah, Was Saying

Public figures who frequently complain that they are misquoted seldom realize that their best friends are often newspapermen—who don't quote them verbatim. Last week the Washington Post proved it. Blunt, bellicose District Commissioner (i.e., "Mayor") J. Russell Young, who used to be a newspaperman himself, had made a speech of welcome at a dinner for new Congressmen. The Post, out after Young's scalp, took the speech down on a wire recorder and printed it in full, two columns long. It included every grunt and groan, every dangling participle, every unfinished sentence that Young had uttered. The off-the-cuff speech was no worse...

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