The Press: Strange Obsession

In the Atlanta Constitution and 199 other papers, Columnist Westbrook Pegler paid his last respects to Margaret Mitchell, "this great historian and interpreter of a time before her time . . ." Atlantans probably shared his sentiments, but many gagged when Pegler went on to blame her for not realizing that those low-down New Dealers in Washington were as trashy as any damyankees and carpetbaggers of Gone With the Wind.

With something more than his customary charity, Columnist Pegler conceded that this lapse was not all her fault: "In Atlanta, she was ... under the influence of an unwise, emotional apologist,...

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