The Press: Cassandra of the Mirror

As "Cassandra" of the London Daily Mirror, biggest daily (circ. 4,535,687) in the world, owl-shaped, sharp-tongued William Neil Connor, 45, is the hardest-hitting and most-quoted columnist in Britain. Cassandra combines the terrible temper of a Westbrook Pegler with the calculated irreverence of an H. L. Mencken. "It is a pity," Sir Winston Churchill once said, "that so able a writer should show himself so dominated by malevolence." Even his own paper often finds his comments hard to take, but suffers them because of his circulation-building appeal. Says Mirror Editorial Director Hugh Cudlipp:...

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