Fact (US magazine)

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Editor Ralph Ginzburg
Frequency Quarterly
Year founded 1964
First issue January 1964
Final issue August 1967
Country USA
Language English
ISSN 0429-9825
OCLC number 1568723

Fact Magazine was an American quarterly publication that commented on controversial topics. It was in circulation between January 1964 and August 1967.[1]


Edited by Ralph Ginzburg and Warren Boroson, the magazine was notable for having been sued by Barry Goldwater over a 1964 issue entitled "The Unconscious of a Conservative: A special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater". In Goldwater v. Ginzburg, a federal jury awarded Goldwater $1 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages, to punish Ginzburg and the magazine for being reckless. The American Psychiatric Association then issued the Goldwater rule reaffirming medical privacy and forbidding commenting on a patient whom the individual psychiatrist has not personally examined.[2]

The United States Court of Appeals affirmed the award and the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari (review); Justices Black and Justice Douglas joined a dissenting opinion, rather unusual at the time (1970) on orders denying “cert.”[3]


  1. ^ Maria Popova (January 5, 2011). "Ralph Ginzburg’s fact:, Vintage Wikileaks?". Brain Pickings. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Richard A. Friedman (May 23, 2011). "How a Telescopic Lens Muddles Psychiatric Insights". New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ 414 F.2d 324, 337 (2d Cir.1969), cert. denied, 396 US 1049, 90 S.Ct. 701, 24 L.Ed.2d 695.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ginzburg, Ralph & Boroson, Warren (1967). The Best of Fact: Thirty-Two Articles that have made History from America's Most Courageous Magazine. Trident Press. OCLC 1368372. 
  • Goldwater v. Ginzburg, 414 F.2d 324, 337 (2d Cir.1969), cert. denied, 396 US 1049, 90 S.Ct. 701, 24 L.Ed.2d 695.