The Press: Painless Vivisection

In his new role as Hearst's "Cholly Knickerbocker," pompadoured Society Gossip Igor Loiewski-Cassini (TIME, Nov. 5) last week started a series of profiles on New York social registerites. To prepare himself, he boned up on the Astor clan by reading Dixon Wecter's scholarly Saga of American Society. When it came time to share his new-found knowledge with his readers, Gossip Cassini found himself full of his reading. Samples:

Wecter: "[William Waldorf Astor] on June 3, 1917 . . . became Viscount Astor, amid jeers from a large section of the British press which accused him of buying the title outright."

Cassini: ". ....

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