The Press: Gossip v. Fact

Probably no newspaperman in history, and certainly no other gossip, has ever sold his words so dearly as Walter Winchell. Last week it was loudly proclaimed that the inflated price of his treetop chatter might go even higher.

According to Variety, in a front-page "scoop" signed by Editor Abel Green, rich Marshall Field was waving his bankroll under Winchell's nose, to lure him away from Hearst and into the Chicago Sun, as Field had lured Cartoonist Milton Caniff from McCormick & Patterson. The bait: $200,000 a year, double Winchell's income from Hearst.

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