The Press: Boastful Admission

Said a headline in Hearst's tabloid New York Mirror last week: KING'S ILLNESS is REPORTED LESS CRITICAL. The story went on to say that the British Press Association had denied on "highest authority" that a leg amputation would be necessary. "The earlier denial," the story concluded, "was occasioned by an exclusive story in the New York Mirror"

Translated (although few readers were likely to do so), all that this hodgepodge meant was that the Mirror had been wrong in the first place, and was now boastfully admitting it.

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