The Press: Protecting the Source

When Marie Torre, radio-TV columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, stood before U.S. Judge Sylvester J. Ryan in November 1957, the court expressed sympathy ("the Joan of Arc of her profession") even while holding her in contempt of court. Last week Judge Ryan was not so generous. "You set a very poor example for your fellow citizens," he said, after Columnist Torre declined once more to share a secret she has kept for two years. The judge ordered her to jail.

Marie Torre's well-kept secret is the name of the CBS "spokesman" who told her that Judy Garland "doesn't want to...

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