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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Virginius Dabney, July 31, 1975. Interview A-0311-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Limitations on newspaper editors

Dabney considered leaving the <cite>Times-Dispatch</cite> but realized the uncertainty of finding a future job. He admits the impracticality of having free reign to express his political ideas as any newspaper.

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Oral History Interview with Virginius Dabney, July 31, 1975. Interview A-0311-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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DANIEL JORDAN:
Did you ever consider the very harsh alternative of resigning?
VIRGINIUS DABNEY:
I considered it, yes. I also considered where I would go, and whether I would be entirely free to say anything I wanted to anymore than I was here. You can't find a publisher that agrees with you on everything. That is just an occupational disability of the whole business. There are always going to be times when you don't agree with the publisher on some key question. I thought of going elsewhere, and when I would think of a paper, assuming that I could get on it, I would then say, "Do I agree with them on everything?" and I would conclude that I didn't.