The Press: Mosquito

An ex-bootlegger, ex-Klansman, ex-Coughlinite and a black hater of Jews, Communists and Roosevelt last week provided the first humor thus far in the Government's crackdown on "vermin publications." Square-jawed Court Asher, Muncie, Ind. publisher of XRay, was defending his weekly before Washington postal authorities, who gave him until June 2 to show cause why his paper should not be banned for sedition.

When the Government said that it had counted no fewer than 2,017 parallels between X-Ray and Nazi short-wave broadcasts, Editor Asher replied that he had never listened to a Nazi broadcast...

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