The Press: Hearst Hero

To eager Hearst editors it looked like a natural: one Private Joseph McGee of Worcester, Mass., billed as "in the regular Army since 1938 with an honorable record of service," had been sentenced to two years for slapping Nazi prisoners (TIME, June 11).

Roared Columnist Austen Lake in the Boston American: "If Private McGee—God bless him—socked nine Heinies for refusal to follow work orders it is no more than nine million other guys in our Army have been yearning to do for years." In Boston and New York, Hearstlings set "storm of protest" experts to work, got shocked statements from statement-givers, bombarded...

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