The Press: Libel Confidential

Jack Lait, editor of the New York Daily Mirror, and his nightclub columnist Lee Mortimer are old hands at libel. In their first three "Confidential" books they picked up no fewer than six libel suits.* By last week their latest slapdash gutter-side view of America, U.S.A. Confidential (TIME, March 17), was well on its way to outstripping the other three. A $1,000,000 suit brough by Maine's Senator Margaret Chase Smith, for bringing her into "scandals as an associate of and sympathizer with Communists," was the sixth in three months. The others:

¶ Dallas' swank Neiman-Marcus...

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