The Secretary of the Interior inquires into the freedom of the press, and finds it wanting. It is a superficial study at best, but he brings out some illuminating points in regard to individual publishers and their papers (or chains), showing how they avoid criticism while liking to criticize. He endorses the principles of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, but shows how many papers fail to consider the public good, if it might imperil their relations with Big Business. He includes some of the material of the famous debate with Editor Frank E. Gannett, along with interesting sidelights on the reporting of the debate in the press. He reveals some facts not generally known about the relation of certain newspapers and independent radio companies. Not a rounded picture, but a springboard for further investigation. McCormick of the Chicago Tribune and the Oakland (Cal.) Tribune come in for a trimming, but due credit is given the papers he feels deserve it.