The Press: The First Stone

Where should newspapers draw the line between what is fit to print and what isn't? That question was worrying the St. Louis Star-Times. It had reported the death of a teen-age girl as an "aftermath of tavern-hopping and sex orgy." Would it have been better to suppress this sordid story? In publishing such news, were newspapers themselves helping to make-more?

Publisher Elzey Roberts decided that they were—though some other parties were also guilty. In an editorial he said: "It is time that society as a whole faced the fact that through its negligence and apathy this postwar period has become a hog-wallow...

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