The Press: In & Out

Owlish, excitable Ralph Coghlan (rhymes with oglin') has a singular facility for making people mad. In ten often-turbulent years as editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's editorial page, he has assailed, annoyed and angered many a judge, politician and businessman. Sometimes his editorial trumpeting was in the best crusading tradition of the Post-Dispatch; at other times, it was shrill and off-key.

When it protested the 1939 acquittal (on extortion charges) of one "Putty Nose" Brady as a "burlesque of justice," the P-was fined $2,000 for contempt of court; Editor Coghlan was sentenced to 20...

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