The Press: Appetizer

What is good taste?

Fortnight ago, a Los Angeles Times photographer took the memorable picture of a barmaid carrying drinks past the body of a man slain in a brawl (TIME, Aug. 19). The Associated Press sent it out by wirephoto, and many a U.S. newspaper featured it. But the Los Angeles Times itself did not run the picture. Explained a Times editor: "It was bad taste."

Last week Times readers got a sample of what the Times considers good taste. The Times sent its hugest reporter, 320-Ib. Tom Bridges, and a photographer out to see a 41-year-old cook named Claude L. Baxter....

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