The Press: The Cincinnati Reds

For nine months, Reporter James Ratliff of the Cincinnati Enquirer, a World War II captain in counterintelligence, investigated Communism in Cincinnati. Last month the Enquirer finally began an expose under Ratliff's byline, charging that there were 178 members of the Communist Party in Cincinnati, including 16 labor leaders and a local disc jockey. The Enquirer's chief source for its accusations was an unidentified turncoat Communist. Angrily, Cincinnati's disc jockeys and labor leaders insisted that the Enquirer "name names," but the paper declined.

Last week Reporter Ratliff turned up in Washington for a...

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