The Press: Biting Back

In the weeks before their 1960 presidential primary. West Virginians got plenty fed up with outside newsmen who toured their state and wrote shocked reports of its backwardness and bigotry. The article that seemed to irritate them the most appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and described West Virginia as a "schizophrenic"' state, populated by hillbillies, with an "enormous" illiteracy rate and "a higher ratio of illegitimate white babies than any other state." Last week West Virginia bit back: to Philadelphia, the Saturday Evening Post's home town, went a reporter-photographer team from the Charleston Daily...

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