The Press: Back Talk

Since his election to the Illinois state legislature in 1954, Paul Simon, publisher of the weekly Tribune of Troy (pop. 1,260), has "heard newspapers cursed in the cloakroom and fought on the floor." He began to wonder if the "small but vocal group attacking newspapers" reflected widespread dissatisfaction with the press among state representatives and senators. Publisher Simon mailed out questionnaires to legislators of the 48 states. The nonpartisan survey, whose results were published this week in the March issue of Quill magazine, gave politicians a rare opportunity to talk back to the press.

While most of the 462 lawmakers who replied...

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