The Press: Joan of Arc at the Trib

In its bid to regain lost quality (TIME, Sept. 23), the New York Herald Tribune appeared last week with such innovations as an unsigned column of prophecy called "Radar Screen" and, most notably, 24 additional news columns daily. One day the Trib splurged no fewer than ten of its new columns on a single story: the Trib's considered defiance of a federal judge's order that its TV-Radio Columnist Marie Torre identify one of her news sources.

Though newsmen claim a classic right to protect their sources−and have gone to jail to do so−only twelve states* guarantee it by law, and the Federal...

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