The Press: McLean Out

Advertising and circulation dropped off because of unappetizing publicity about the publisher's "offenses against public decency." Certain advertisers deducted from their payments $27,000 uncollectable personal debts against the publisher. Churches refused to advertise in the paper because of the publisher's "unchurchmanlike" reputation. Morale of the employes was shattered by the attendance of the publisher's woman friend at office conferences. The publisher attended only two board meetings in the last two years. The paper had lost money every year since 1926 except 1929; lost last year $131,-391. . . .

With such arguments by counsel and witnesses, Mrs. Evelyn Walsh McLean, on behalf...

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