The Press: What Time Are You?

Variety, the oracle of show business, tinkers with the language as a housewife alters a year-old hat. Last week it fiddled with the problem of political labels and how to make them over, make them do.

"Maybe it would help," said a front-page item, "to mentally face the current political scene in terms of the military clock face. . . . This places Communism at 3 o'clock, the extreme left. Fascism at 9 o'clock, the extreme right.* Democracy at 12 o'clock, the direct center.

"To what degree are you to the right: 1, 2, or 3 o'clock? To the left: 11, 10, or...

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