The Press: Press v. Dictator

Almost as vigorous a sentinel over Press rights as Editor Marlen Pew of Editor & Publisher is Dean Carl William Ackerman of Columbia University's School of Journalism. Last week Dean Ackerman made his annual report to President Nicholas Murray Butler, told him that the Press had averted a U. S. dictatorship under NRA; that General Johnson, unable to control newspaper editorials, had used Radio and Cinema, more complaisant organs, toward that end.

The fight against "dictatorship" occurred when newspaper publishers insisted on eliminating all licensing provisions from their NRA code (TIME, Aug. 28). Said Dean Ackerman:

"With the Roosevelt Administration in a position...

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