The Press: I Want Out

In 25 years of Washington correspondence, drawling, Pulitzer Prizewinner Thomas Lunsford Stokes has built a reputation much like that of his onetime boss and friend, the late Raymond Clapper. Washington knew him to be, like Clapper, a hard digger, a writer whose prose has no wings, a liberal whose roots are not Marxian but native. Stokes is also a man with a merciless conscience: by sympathy a New Dealer from the start, he won his Pulitzer Prize by exposing a WPA vote-getting machine in Senator Alben Barkley's Kentucky.

Last month Tom Stokes's conscience drove him to a remarkable decision: he insisted that...

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