The Press: Cissie Fuss

Eleanor Medill ("Cissie") Patterson's Washington Times-Herald picks up most of the bitterly anti-Roosevelt editorials and cartoons spawned by her brother Joe's New York Daily News and her cousin Bertie McCormick's Chicago Tribune. They rarely pick up any of hers. When 59-year-old "Cissie" takes pen in hand, the result is likely to be so rancorous that it shocks even a well-blunted masculine sense of fair play.

Last week, brought to boil by President Roosevelt's refusal to allow draft deferments for premedical students under 26, Publisher Cissie let go a characteristic kidney-punch. She filled a page...