The Press: The Price of Freedom?

One night last week, William Raphael McCabe, 63, a fighting editor of the old school, left his farm outside Joliet (Ill.) and headed his car for the city. It was press night for the 21st anniversary issue of his tabloid weekly Spectator—the last issue before the Illinois Republican primary. Stocky Editor McCabe, a onetime Republican state's attorney and opponent of Governor Dwight Green's machine, was a candidate for ward committeeman.

On a lonely road, another car crowded him to a stop. Two masked men got out, reached in from both sides, and beat McCabe with spiked lead pipes. Two hours later a...

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