The Press: Most Wanted Story

To U.S. newspaper readers, the FBI is such a familiar story that J. Edgar Hoover has supplanted the vacuum cleaner as a household word for efficiency. Nevertheless, newspapers across the nation last week were breathlessly running—or preparing to run—serials on the FBI as if it were the most wanted story and the biggest since Grace Kelly took Monaco. Papers across the U.S. plugged an Associated Press series that started this week. The United Press had its own series on the FBI and the Chicago Tribune Press Service a third.

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