The Press: South of John C. Calhoun

If there were not a William F. Buckley, U.S. editors would have to invent a James Jackson Kilpatrick. The need for a columnist and commentator with a conservative view and a gift for language has never been more apparent than in these Nixon-Agnew days; Kilpatrick fills that need for 170 newspapers via the Washington Star Syndicate and for Washington's WTOP-TV.

In the process, he also generates a lot of heat. Says a WTOP ad (helpfully written by J.J.K.): "Some liberals insist he is ten miles to the right of Ivan the Terrible. But to...

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