The Press: The Old Campaigner

With three women in tow, a Hearst reporter and photographer strolled into a deserted Los Angeles bar. They moved the bar stools (required by California law) to one side, and the photographer shot a waist-to-toe picture of the reporter and women, standing with their feet planted on the rail.

Last week a picture suspiciously like their faked shot turned up in a full-page layout that replaced the editorial page in most of the Hearst papers. Cried its caption, in a single horrified breath: "Throughout the nation, this scene is being reenacted on a scale...

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