The Press: A Few Fungoes

When nightstick-wielding cops broke up the Communist "peace" rally in Manhattan's Union Square three weeks ago, New York Post Editor James Wechsler sounded off. Onetime Communist Wechsler, now a member in good standing of the anti-Communist left, criticized the other New York newspapers for their news stories and editorials on the riot, accused them of condoning "the savagery exhibited by some police officers." Wrote Wechsler: "The claim that the initial [police] ban—and the ensuing violence—were justified because the Communists support Russian aggression in Korea is dangerous doctrine . . . Communist talk is less menacing than curtailment of the freedom for...

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