The Press: No. I

When a Milwaukee taxicab company once gave each of the city's 27 aldermen an electric blanket for Christmas, most of them gratefully accepted the gift even though the aldermen control taxicab rates. They soon wished they hadn't. Reason: the Milwaukee Journal caught wind of the story, promptly played it on Page One. For Milwaukee, the Journal thought it added up to a major political scandal.

Such front-page ear-boxings have earned the determinedly vigilant Journal the title of Milwaukee's "conscience" or "Dutch Uncle." Though meant as praise, such phrases only serve to rile up...

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