The Press: An Abject Retraction

When the New York Post ran a 24-part series heavily attacking him as inaccurate, unreliable and vindictive, Columnist Walter Winchell replied in a counterattack that went on for months. In the 200-odd dailies that carry his column, and over his Sunday-night radio-TV broadcast, Winchell called the Post everything from a "pinko-stinko sheet" and the "New York Ivan" to the "New York Posterior," the "New York Pravda" and the "Compost." He also suggested that the Post's staff was riddled with subversives. For Post Editor James A. Wechsler he had a separate set of Winchellisms,...

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