The Press: Blowup at the Mercury

Ever since J. Russell Maguire, oil speculator, munitions maker and onetime broker, took over the fading American Mercury (circ. 66,017) in 1952 he has had staff trouble. Within six months Editor William Bradford Huie walked out rather than turn over editorial control to Owner Maguire. Last week most of the Mercury's top editors left in a body. Out went Editor John A. Clements, who is also promotion boss of the Hearst, magazines, followed by Editorial Writer J. B. Matthews, Military Pundit George Fielding Eliot, Author (Seeds of Treason) Ralph de Toledano and three...

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