The Press: Libel on the Left?

Customary position for Left-wingers in courts of law is on the defensive. Last week the League for Industrial Democracy (Socialist) made news by turning up on the other side of the bar. It had sued the Knoxville Journal for $50,000 because of what the Journal said about a League lecture last February by Powers Hapgood, handsome Socialist nephew of Author Norman Hapgood. Journal headline:

RED ON STAGE URGES BLOODSHED

Powers Hapgood Advocates Reign of

Terror to Overthrow Capitalism Complete Disregard of Laws Suggested

Because of the Journal's hysterical headlines and stories the League was ousted from Knoxville, completed its lecture schedule at Norris,...

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