The Press: Free-for-All

Drew Pearson's fight with Wisconsin's Senator Joe McCarthy started out as a private brawl. But last week, after Adam Hats had announced that it was not renewing its contract as Pearson's radio sponsor, newsmen from all over the nation jumped in. The big gun on McCarthy's side was Westbrook Pegler, who has long been in & out of libel suits with Pearson himself. Said Pegler of his longtime foe: "That lying blackguard is my man, just as Harold Ickes was in his time. Santa Claus brought him to me. Pearson is a liar and a rogue and I will belt...

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