The Press: Fireless Firebrand

When a lawyer named Carlton Cole Magee bought the Albuquerque morning Journal from Albert Bacon Fall and friends in 1920, Senator Fall with childish candor told him most of New Mexico's political secrets, incidentally confessed he was broke. With this information Lawyer Magee turned crusader, fought the Fall machine tooth & nail, was jailed for libel and mauled by political thugs, finally forced to sell his paper. It was a Magee telegram to Senator Thomas James Walsh concerning Fall's finances that made Teapot Dome a criminal case. By 1923 another Magee paper, the State Tribune, was foundering and Edward Wyllis Scripps...

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