The Press: Coverage and Conjecture

Newspapers vigilantly protect their cherished Constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. Occasionally some abuse that freedom. Such an abuse occurred in California last week as the incidental result of a minor auto accident.

Herman Mankiewicz is a moonfaced, top-flight Hollywood film writer. One night he was driving alone on Benedict Canyon Road in swank Beverly Hills. His car collided head-on with another driven by Leonora Gershwin, wife of Lyricist Ira Gershwin. Mrs. Gershwin and two women with her were hurt slightly. Scenarist Mankiewicz, unhurt, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, was...

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