The Press: Softhearted Cynic

Harry McCormick, 56, of the Dallas Morning News, is a police reporter who still affects the once-fashionable cynicism of his calling. "I don't want to be anything but a police reporter," says he. "If the thing you're covering can't bleed, you can't write a story about it. Chambers of Commerce and Community Chests don't bleed."

Last week, in Dallas' Athletic Club, some of the city's leading citizens gave a testimonial dinner to show McCormick how wrong he is about himself. Their proof: McCormick's eight-year-long campaign to get better care for children struck by tuberculosis. "Get this straight," explained McCormick defensively. "I ain't...

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