The Press: Washington Witch Hunt

Why was Princess Anne's mood in the U.S. as blue as her royal blood? London's Sunday Mirror last week blamed "the witches of Washington." Wrote Mirrorwoman Paula James: "Everywhere that Anne went, the witches went too—pushing and shoving the Princess and asking questions." In remarkably similar language, another London Sunday paper hissed that Washington's "ladies of the broomstick" harassed Anne. And who are the witches? The unsigned piece in The People meowed: "The group of ill-mannered ragbags who call themselves social columnists."

Washington's female press corps reacted by baring its own claws. The real reason for Anne's sulk, said Lynn Lang-way of...

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