The Press: Who's Pushing?

In 1941, when Manhattan's volcanic, volatile little PM was a red-faced ($2,000,000 deficit) one-year-old, mewling in the arms of its editor-nurse, Ralph Ingersoll, he denned for an interviewer just how Backer Marshall Field felt about the prodigious infant. "Mr. Field," he explained, "compares PM in some ways with the Philharmonic Orchestra. No one thinks of disbanding the Philharmonic merely because it doesn't now support itself. . . ."

Last week his PM Philharmonic was emitting strange cacophonies. Of its instrumentalists, 26 had quit or been laid off in an economy drive, the remaining 200 were in uneasy confusion. Field denied persistent...

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