Letters, Dec. 2, 1946

Smalltown, U.S.A.


May the editor of the Oakland (pop. 1,317), Iowa, Acorn (circ. 1,840) register a protest on behalf of hundreds of long-suffering weekly newspaper editors?

TIME's issue of Nov. 11 would not in itself merit this protest. But as one of a long series of tongue-in-cheek, let's-try-to-understand-these-poor-yokels pieces, it is one too many.

Not TIME, nor any other periodical, can overemphasize the admitted provincialism of Smalltown, U.S.A., nor call too much attention to the shortcomings of their newspapers which "come smudgily from flat-bed presses. . . ." But when TIME, with all...

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