The Press: Bureaucrat's Laugh

Owlish Elmer Davis last week let out a Hoosier hoot at Editor & Publisher, for reporting that OWI might sell its Overseas Branch to a newspaper after the war. In a 1,000-word letter to the editor, Davis wrote: "When the war is over we liquidate ourselves. [Besides] what could a publisher buy? ... It is the tradition of the newspaper business that the slaves go with the plantation. But in this case you can't sell the plantation and they wouldn't go with it anyway. . . . Thanks for enabling me to punctuate the...

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