NESWATCH: Scandal That's Fit to Print

Congressman Wayne Hays hasn't got much complaint about his private life becoming public, because he tried to mix the two. Since putting his girl friend on the public payroll raises questions about abuse of trust, a public interest exists in reporting these gossipy matters. Even if you concede that reporters as well as fellow Congressmen barely concealed their lip-smacking enjoyment over the embarrassment of an arrogant and sanctimonious man, no real issue of journalistic invasion of privacy arises. Recently a New York Times editor was asked whether in retrospect he regretted the news stories about Wilbur Mills and the...