The Press: Exit from the Nation

In the midst of the journalistic battle among the liberals, the weekly Nation last week suffered some crippling casualties. Executive Editor Harold C. Field, righthand man of Editor Freda Kirchwey for the past two years, quietly resigned, effective the end of June. Two longtime contributors already had pulled their names from the Nation's masthead: Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, for 15 years a staff contributor, and Political Writer Robert Bendiner, contributing editor and onetime (1937-44) managing editor.

The resignations followed close on the charges of ex-Nation Staffer Clement Greenberg (TIME, April 2 et. seq.) that the writings of Nation Foreign Editor

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