The Press: The Angry Old Man

"I call him Junior," growled the country's angriest columnist at a meeting of the Anti-Communist Christian Crusade in Tulsa. "I have to suit his brattish conniptions." He is "lacking in character, ability or loyalty." The invective was familiar, but the target was new. This time Hearst-man Westbrook Pegler was attacking neither a Roosevelt, nor a labor leader, nor Harry Truman. He was taking on his own boss, William Randolph Hearst Jr.

"Hearst's chief baby sitter," Pegler went on, is Frank Conniff (Hearst's national news editor), and he characterized the pair as "juvenile delinquents."...

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