The Press: Mr. Townes Leaves Town

Appointed editor of the ailing Los Angeles News three months ago, William A. Townes, 43, went to work under the impression that he had a free hand. He operated on its makeup, pepped up its editorials, and tried to breathe more life into the pallid News. But Editor Townes, who had doctored other sick papers to success (TIME, Feb. 16, 1948), soon found his patient rebelling. Sacred cows got in the way of many editorial decisions, and Townes found that some stories, e.g., the banning of the movie Limelight, were not considered news. Last...

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