The Press: No Advice Needed?

Who should guard the guardian of the nation's liberties, the U.S. press? The University of Chicago's Robert M. Hutchins, himself no silent partner of democracy, thought he knew the answer. As usual, his answer was irritating. He gave it last week in a speech at Rochester, N.Y.: "If you don't want Government control [or] the abuses almost inherent in the concentration of press ownership, an independent agency freely evaluating and criticizing the press's performance is the only answer."

The answerer was in turn answered by the tabloid New York Daily News. As usual, the...

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