The Press: Reader Response

Reader Response PUBLISHER EDITED BY RIFLE? With that playful headline, the Los Angeles Mirror-News last week joined other U.S. tabloids in joyful coverage of an event long prophesied, widely awaited and plainly relished: the shooting of Robert Harrison. 52, publisher of Confidential, whose formula of sinnuendo about celebrities has built up the bestselling (circ. 3,674,423) magazine on U.S. newsstands (TIME, July 11, 1955).

A shotgun charge caught Harrison not in his natural habitat of Broadway fleshpots, but in the Dominican Republic. But the shotgun, sure enough, belonged to a man written up...

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