National Affairs: The Pressagent Touch

The Defense Department was under heavy congressional fire last week for handling its recruiting program with a pressagent's instead of a soldier's touch. To get volunteers, the services had spent $1,128,175 in the fiscal year 1951 for such unmilitary radio & TV shows as roller-derbies, The Shadow, and Ralph Flanagan's band. For 1952, the recruiters had signed up Singer Frankie Laine ($434,602), a weekly football game ($117,166), and a 15-minute weekly Bill Stern sportcast ($254,867). Just what, asked Vermont's Senator George Aiken, did all this outlay "have to do with the work...

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