The Press: Family Scandal

Two of the nation's top newspapers last week drubbed their journalistic brethren for ignoring or suppressing a scandal in the family. Snapped the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "A conspiracy of silence." Added the Washington Post: "At best [a] crass indifference to a particularly juicy bit of news. At worst ... a cover-up of scandal within the family."

The scandal they were talking about was first turned up last month by Reporters George Thieni of the Chicago Daily News and Roy Harris of the Post-Dispatch. Thiem and Harris, who were covering the state capitol at Springfield, had spent two weeks digging through old Illinois...

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