The Press: Congress Vexed

In the cloakrooms of Congress the cigar smoke last week was slightly tinged with sulfur. Congressmen, nerve-frayed and work-weary, were hopping mad at the press for "pouring it on," for attacking good and bad members indiscriminately, the fatheads with the intelligent, the timeservers with the conscientious.

Some Congressmen spoke darkly of hauling up some offending editors and columnists before Congressional committees, of ramming through libel laws to shake the press's teeth, of getting radio time to take their case to the people. Isolationists, whose pre-Pearl Harbor record has frequently been thrown back at...

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