Reporters: Maintaining the Public Welfare

Strange to say, the Detroit TV commentator whose question brought on George Romney's Viet Nam "brainwashing" response spends less than half of his waking hours as a newsman. During daylight, Lou Gordon, 49, is a $50,000-a-year middleman for a women's-clothing manufacturer. He wears slick suits, a toupeeĀ—and sometimes a gun. By moonlight, he is a part-time expose specialist on Detroit radio (WXYZ) and UHF television (WKBD). For more than a decade, he has been collecting ugly facts in Detroit and spilling them out to a mildly fascinated public. Always, he says, in the interest of "public welfare."

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