The Press: Into the Breach

Able, hard-hitting Editor Clayton Fritchey of the New Orleans Item has been in a hot spot ever since brash, bouncy David ("Tommy") Stern III bought the paper and became publisher 16 months ago (TIME, July 25, 1949). Fritchey seldom saw eye-to-eye with his boss on how to run the paper, ran into more trouble when Stern launched a Sunday edition last spring and began to lose heavily on it.

Last week, to nobody's surprise, Editor Fritchey quit his hot spot. But to the amazement of many a Washington newsman, Fritchey hopped on to a still hotter spot. He became the $11,200-a-year head...

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