The Press: Contemptible Lie

For most editors, the pathetic picture from Martins Ferry, Ohio was surefire human interest. It showed eleven-year-old Roger McConnaughey holding his dead dog Rusty, just run over by an automobile. But Hearst's Chicago Herald-American, ever mindful of their chief's campaign against vivisection, put the picture on Page One for a different reason. It duly noted the facts about Roger and Rusty, continued: "Roger's sorrow parallels that felt by a child whose pet has been stolen and carved up for vivisection. Bill pending in the Illinois legislature would foster such base thefts and multiply the grief of boys like Roger."

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