The Press: Damned Good Pro

Before the Southern Governors' Conference in 1951, a bushy-haired, boyish-looking newsman stood up and spoke unpalatable truths. Said he: "We cannot turn our backs upon injustice simply because a black man is its victim. Nor can we find a safe retreat in the sort of legalistic buck-passing that recognizes the existence of an evil but insists it is somebody else's responsibility."

Six years later, Harry Scott Ashmore's words came home to roost—right on his own shoulders. In his post as executive editor of the Arkansas Gazette, he stood out last week as the strong voice for principle and reason in Little Rock...

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