Newspapers: Frustration in Atlanta

Eight years ago, Eugene Patterson stepped into the shoes of the legendary Ralph McGill as editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Responsible for the editorial page, he soon filled it with some of the most literate and penetrating political commentary in the South. His editorials reasoned relentlessly against the racism of Georgia's whites and the demagoguery of its politicians. His own daily column won him last year's Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Last week the columns stopped abruptly as Patterson, fed up with the Constitution's management, resigned.

The source of his unhappiness was...

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