Drew Pearson, c. 1954

“The Garbageman of the Fourth Estate”


Once upon a time, Drew Pearson, the muckraking columnist who wrote “The Washington Merry-Go-Round,” sued theĀ Fairbanks Daily News-MinerĀ for libel. WC supposes that simple sentence requires some explanation these fifty-five years on. Drew Pearson, according to Jack Shafer, was “one of the skuzziest journalists to ever write a story.” Pearson started the “Washington Merry-Go-Round” column in…