The Press: The Silent Treatment

In Jersey City's moldy grey City Hall last week, the word went out: "The Journal gets nothing from us." In the heat of an election victory over four of the five city commission candidates hand-picked by Democratic Boss John V. Kenny, the new administration, led by State Senator James F. Murray Jr. (TIME, May 27), had vowed revenge on the Jersey Journal (circ. 98,565), which had fiercely supported the Kenny ticket during the election campaign. To pry the news out of City Hall, Journal Editor Gene ("Lucky") Farrell sent over four additional staffers—to no avail. To every question the reporters asked,...