The Press: Ghost Story

While testifying before the Ervin committee last summer, Jeb Stuart Magruder mentioned that the Committee for the Re-Election of the President had paid $20,000 to Author-Columnist Victor Lasky in 1972. Amid the Watergate quakes, this disclosure hardly caused a tremor, but it did rattle Lauren Soth, editorial-page editor of the Des Moines Register and Tribune. He alerted the National Conference of Editorial Writers that the 100 papers subscribing to Lasky's weekly column (syndicated by the North American Newspaper Alliance) had been uninformed about Lasky's financial connection with C.R.P.

The N.C.E.W. decided that Lasky...

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