The Press: Wayward Pressman

When Abbott Joseph ("Joe") Liebling was six, he read in a New York newspaper that a heavyweight named Carl Morris was the White Hope to lick World Champion Jack Johnson. A couple of days later, a fighter named Jim Flynn licked the trunks off the White Hope. That was in 1911. Joe Liebling has mistrusted newspapers ever since.

Instead of making Liebling swear off the press, this mistrust made him a constant and critical newspaper reader. As he says: "When one cannot get the truth from any one paper (and I do not say that...

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