The Press: Mississippi's Voice

McComb, Miss., police had just finished escorting five battered Freedom Riders into a Greyhound bus (TIME, Dec. 8) when an onlooker turned in disgust to a group of newsmen. "Is anybody here from Jimmy Ward's paper?" he asked. "I want him to look at them niggers sitting in the front. What do you think Jimmy would have to say about that?"

Any Mississippi redneck could guess what James Myron Ward, 42, of the Jackson Daily News (circ. 42,593) would say about the "Friction Riders"—as the News calls them. Jimmy did not let them down: "The Congress of Riot Encouragement [Ward's phrase for...

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