The Press: A Man Named Shelton

To the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, during its 1955 investigation of Communism in the press, came a letter from a secret informant who charged over a fictitious signature that "a man named Shelton" was a member of a Communist group on the New York Times. The Senate investigators assumed that their informant was accusing Newsman Willard Shelton, whose name was familiar to them because he had written stories criticizing the subcommittee. But when a process server went to the Times to find Willard Shelton,* he was told that there was no such person on the payroll. Learning that a man named...

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