The Press: Joe's Blow

After Joe McCarthy subjected New York Post Editor James A. Wechsler, one of his bitterest editorial enemies, to a five-hour inquisition last spring, a special eleven-man committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors sat down to decide whether the incident was a general threat to the freedom of the press. Last week the committee reported that it could reach no decision, vaguely concluded: "It is the responsibility of every editor to read the transcript and decide for himself."

But four of the committee members issued their own minority report. They were led by the committee's own chairman,* Washington Post Managing...

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