The Press: . . . To American Editors

"How the hell can editors and publishers be aroused to the danger of phony headlines?" brooded Nat Floyd, 38-year-old correspondent of the New York Times. That question burned in Texas-born Nat Floyd's soul while he was on Bataan, getting madder & madder as he read the Navy's mimeographed daily digest of the optimistic news from the U.S.—dogfights headlined as major victories, major defeats buried away in the corners.

Back in the U.S. last fortnight, after escaping to Australia by PT boat and bomber. Correspondent Floyd exploded over a new headline: VOLCANIC BLAST TERRIFIES JAPAN. It was about an eruption of Mt. Asama....

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