The Press: Editors & Pokers

"We have proceeded upon the theory that we should not be afraid to tackle hot pokers because they were hot." So saying, Paul Bellamy, editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, opened last week the 12th annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in the auditorium of Washington's National Press Club.

In normal years an overture such as President Bellamy's would be pure rhetoric. Editors' conventions generally deal with questions no hotter than how to cope with pressagentry, how to invigorate an editorial page. But last week within easy reach of A.S.N.E. were...

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