The Press: The Higher Duty

Is it the first duty of the press to print the news at any price, no matter what the injury? Or should newspapers, in compelling circumstances, acknowledge a higher duty by holding up a story? Last week the New York dailies, though most of them sided instinctively with humanity, failed their severest test.

Like most well-tended babies in the well-tended homes of Westbury, N.Y., brown-haired Peter Weinberger was sleeping off his midday bottle when his mother stepped into the house for a fresh diaper one afternoon last week. Fifteen minutes later, Beatrice Weinberger walked outside and found that 32-day-old...

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