The Press: Senator v. Editor

As a country editor, Leroy Gore, 50, did so well running Midwest papers that he was able to start the Sauk-Prairie Star in Sauk City, Wis. in 1952. Editor Gore filled the Star with tried-and-true reader-catching personals, a homespun "Star Dust'' column, and two columns of editorials under a good-humored standing slogan (H. L. Mencken's "Every little squirt thinks he's a fountain of wisdom"). The Star's circulation climbed to 3,200, and the paper turned a neat profit.

Then Editor Gore ran into trouble. A year ago, objecting to Senator Joe McCarthy's attacks on President...

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