The Press: Somebody Knew!

Editor Dick Finnegan of the Chicago Sun-Times thought he had shocking news: Chicago had more murders (326)—one-third of them unsolved—than any other U.S. city last year. But no one was shocked at the paper's story. Said Finnegan: "It was just as if the weatherman said it was going to rain tomorrow." Civic-minded Newsman Finnegan, with an appraising eye fixed on the circulation chart, decided to kick Chicago in the seat of its complacency. Soon, on billboards and in Page One headlines, the Sun-Times (circ. 635,000) was screaming, SOMEBODY KNOWS! Day after day, the...

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