The Press: Unfair Enough

"I have never yet retracted a word of . . . fair comment," boasted Columnist Westbrook Pegler one day last week. Next day, in the New York Journal-American and 249 other papers carrying his column, he retracted a thousand words of unfair comment. As a legal settlement of several multimillion-dollar libel suits, Pegler published a 98-word apology to Delaware Businessman Abram N. Spanel for implying that he was "a Communist or fellow traveler."

Effusive Abe Spanel, board chairman of the International Latex Corp. (baby pants, girdles, pillows), likes to buy space in newspapers to print his own opinions and those of people...

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