The Press: The Colonel's Caucus

To Owen J. Roberts, lately a Supreme Court Justice, the situation called for an extra-legal wisecrack. Easing into his speech at last week's annual membership meeting of the Associated Press, he twinkled: "I look upon you as in a certain sense malefactors. . . ."

There were nervous titters at this reference to the beating the A.P. had taken at the hands of the Supreme Court (TIME, July 2). The A.P. had obediently amended the bylaws that had enabled members (like the Chicago Tribune's Colonel Robert R. McCormick) to keep competitors from getting A.P. news. Ex-Justice Roberts—a member of the Court...

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