The Press: The Good Old Bad Days

The tabloid New York Daily News flatters the common man by cheering for commonness; consequently it has the largest newspaper audience in the U.S. The News scorns reformers, and flaunts the details of Manhattan's juiciest scandals with a self-righteousness that does not conceal a smirk. Its general attitude toward manners & morals is the tough kid's jeer: if they're good they're probably phoney and certainly ridiculous.

Last week the News wore its favorite, city-kid's air. Tired of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's civic scoldings, the News plunged into the tawdry past, and came up with a Manhattan mayoralty candidate it could really be enthusiastic...

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