The Press: Tough Week

It was not Drew Pearson's week. First, Columnist Pearson apologized for his recent charge (branded a "scurrilous lie" by Presidential Press Secretary James C. Hagerty) that President Eisenhower had taken a hand in the "giveaway" of Oregon timberland to Al Sarena Mines, Inc. (TIME, Feb. 6). Next, after five expensive years of legal maneuvers, Pearson quietly dropped his $5,100,000 damage and libel suits against Senator Joe McCarthy, Columnists Westbrook Pegler, Fulton Lewis Jr., and six others (TIME, March 12, 1951). At week's end, having thus turned both cheeks, Pearson was slapped with a $250,000 libel suit by Oregon Democratic Politician Lew...

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