The Press: Backfiring Cartridges

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for years a newspaperman's reverent synonym for crack reporting and militant crusading, was on the wrong side of an exclusive story of wrongdoing. Its yeasty afternoon competitor, the Star-Times, made the most of it.

A year ago the Star-Times broke a double-streamer expose of faulty ammunition manufacture at the Government's St. Louis Ordnance Plant (world's biggest for small-arms ammunition, operated by United States Cartridge Co.). The Star-Times had nailed down its charges with employes' affidavits, had Byron Price's go-ahead to print it.

While the Star-Times kept the story boiling, the...

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