The Press: Learning the Hard Way

What public relations operators on the edges of the newspaper business generally may not know is that in New York State it is a crime to offer or pay a bribe to a newsman, or for that matter, to any other sort of private-enterprise employee (including radio and TV workers). Last week in Manhattan, a pressagent named Robin ("Curly") Harris found out the hard way about the New York law.

According to the charges filed, Harris, a good reporter-rewriteman (New York Daily News) turned public relations man, last month approached Long Island Newsday Reporter...

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