The Press: Sedition on the Copy Desk

On the news desk of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Carl Braden, 40, was a quiet, efficient copyreader whose work in the office never gave his employers any cause for complaint. But his work outside the office was another matter. Braden, a veteran newsman and former labor reporter for the Courier-Journal's afternoon sister, the Times, devoted most of his spare time to Communist causes. He gathered signatures for the phony Communist Stockholm "Peace Petition," helped direct strikes for the Red-led Farm Equipment Workers Union, wrote stories that ran in the Communist Daily Worker.

Last week Braden's outside interests landed him in jail. In a...

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