The Press: Toy Beachhead

When Detroit newsmen asked the police to issue new 1949 press cards—usually a routine procedure—they got a surprise. Last week, Harry S. Toy, the squat, eagle-beaked police commissioner who has talked darkly about a "Red revolution in Michigan," said that, to get a press card, every reporter would have to 1) fill out a form listing his press experience, and 2) swear that he was not a member of "any organization affiliated with the Communist Party or Communism."

To the outraged howls that rose from Detroit's city rooms, Toy (known as "Headline Harry") replied that a press-card holder "gets in not only...

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