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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955 - File 053. 1955-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1399/show/1382.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 053
Transcript ci< y\ve ^^oC of •hC E<Jt»or: ■to**0* W \*oiS Co«c' G(xntl, crn* H°W "<*'**«>,. ^° Attend0' ^0**°" ^r/e^ The Truth You've Spoken Oeav l|i'n\ first learning of Fads I'm urns •L1 effort to encourage' citizens to write "Letters to the Editor," I was delighted. Here was ;i publication drumming up contributors and readers for its contemporaries even competitors. Truly. I thought, Ihis -inee-re effort to increase the volume of vox populi to the enlightenment and glory of the land is a good deed shining in a naughty world. I decided lo give the project such help as I could. My work leads me into the highways and byways over a wide Midwestern area and occasionally beyond. I meel persons of all races and creeds in all wedks of life. Other business concluded. I have asked each man or woman two questions: First, Do \ou read the Idlers to the editor in the publications to which you mbscribe? Second, Do vmi ever utile letters to those columns? I Im answers were disturbing, enlightening, amusing, even astonishing. I will i.mil further pertinent adjectives, but the answers gave me pause. After Pausing, I decided lo dig deeper. This composition is the resull of those excavations. The sum of the majority of answers to the firsl question was: / rend them now and I hen: or. \ol any more: or. I hose letters are pap. 11 looks like only "10runs ever write one. To the second question I got: / unite "ne fnr two) but I'll ne'er it rite another. By asking why. I got: They never printed it; or, l/i letter came out so ^hanged and chopped up thai it didn I '"V what I meant. Or ihis one, which al first I look with '"iisielerahle -eill: The only thing they Printed that I sent in lias my name. I kepi digging until these answers '"■eaine monotonous. Viw I spent ei quarter century as a "•ember of the vaunted fourth estate. I U:|s managing editor of one metropolitan Gaily newspaper and held down city, "'graph and state desks on scores of "triers before becoming a free lance Producer of fiction and newspaper '"'"spap,,. 'nswers I. "'"-.'ill lied Mures. I was loath to believe that had descended to whal the my ipiesiie.iis indicated. 1 painfully. I considered the by Seven Anderton possibility theii the letter writers I heul questioned were nol Chaucers or flux- leys. Neither am I, but I did spend man) years in translating the ghastlv product of school of journalism graduates into readability. So I thoughl. il may be possible thai those who had complained to me were verbose, redundant, etc., emd it had been necessary to edit their contributions. I did not convince myself very well, because liianv had produced for my benefit the carbons or copies of their Idlers, plus the published versions for comparisons. (Also, I am aware thai the fool killer has always been too busy to catch all lhe alleged editors hv whom English composition is reckoned unlv In lines of Ivpe and column inches. I .nice' seit in a copy desk s|(lt nn Lincoln's birthda) when el make-up editor sent down ei proof of llu- Gettysburg Address with orders thai the elcsk emi two lines oul of it.) Nevertheless. I had lo be ciilliplrlclv convinced. I sal down emd began writing "Dear Editor, etc." Over a period of months, I wrote letters on matters of current public interest to dozens of papers from Denver to Chicago and from \ew Orleans to Minneapolis. I became convinced. Mure them two-thirds of my letters were published. Bul of nearlj two hundred such onlv two were embalmed in type exactl) eis written. Perhaps a dozen more were only slightly damaged by lhe editorial blue pencil. The rest were butchered, chopped, emasculated and distorted until, having read them, I truly undersl I Kipling's "lhe truth you've spoken, twisted hv knaves , make' ei trap fm fools." I felt thai ei blue pencil had placed me high on the lisl of all-lime 1110inns. 1 supply one example. Space will not allovv more. This is neither lhe most nor the leasl horrible of those at hand, hui it will suffice. AS SUBMITTED: \..\e Russia has aj\,.|i the Chinese Reds eeni' hundred slices. Just a portion uf v.tint -In- borrowed frnm ns emd never returned. Inexpensive benevolence, what? \.ilni.lv rein accuse Uncle Semi nf being a bully. When ei neighbor grows belligerent lie lunula the dee- el pair nf bras* keillekl.'s .eliel el lileieklenk elli.l s;i\s. "Ne,\\ I iirninisi' tei kce-p one hand in mv pocket anil not double up the other fist. Hut if °"h"«>or: Pacts S FORUM NKWS, August, 1955 vim bit me' I may sli.n.t ..It an eitnin bomb in Vrizona." Perhaps ev can fine! solace in tin- old -eiw. "There is ee special Providence ivhich uelti'lii-s uvea- feeeels." lint \ee- learn from lhe- Bible ll.eil even Providence ran grow disgusted. Even il I nele Sam I.e.- i\... Iireiel- eiml lee.lli eef them two-faced, he musl have leeng since lllll nut ul e'lle'i'ks tee llllll. O gentle people! Read Jeremiah <>-ll em,I write' tei your congressmen. AS PUBLISHED: Uncle Sam Cheekless iven the Chi: i . hundred ■.hich she rowed" frnm us and never returned. Inexpensive benevo- a", what? Perhaps there ieciaJ idence which watches over vve leavn from the Bible theit even the pattern lha,'. en if Uncle Sam has two head h of them two- e un out of eheei; Seven Anderton. Is ii anv wonder thai w riters of letters lu the editor grow discouraged — or rabid? I cling leisl In lhe opinion lhat there should he a medium for the true and uncensored opinions etnd ideas nl ;dl the' pea.pie', lllll I ellll I'llllV [ lleeil il eanilnl be found iii columns presided over bv some eager blue pencil pilol whuse' Firsl allegiance is to his pav check and the policies, business or political, of his publisher boss. ihe voice of the people should l.e heard loudly ami constantlj . Bul w hen it ea Hues gratis From the heart uf a citizen, no mailer hv whal motive compelled, emd "gnus in there" il should nol "come mil here" so hetdlv garbled emd twisted hv editorial hankv-pankv that il nn lunger eeinvevs the idea, elpplellls,' ur criticism which it- composer intended. Feline's note: The eiutlieer of tlie- preceding article has more ineueaieel read) "ii thr senile- subject eiml is continuing Ins research. He lae- promised Facts Forum the further documented results i.l theit research in future articles. Ih' nill appreciate am help from others who hen.' enc .red the problem particularly in ihr form of letters published in mutilated form, together nidi copies ..I ihr letters a- <.i i-L11.iM> submitted. All communications inn-! be signed eiml show tlle- eul- .lir— nf tin- sen,I,a. Mr. Vnderton's address i- I'. 0. B..V I'll. Edgar, Nebraska. I'a ire eil
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