The Press: Nothing to Brag About

"STRUCK—NOT STRUCK OUT." boasted the New York Daily News in a Page One headline. But there was little enough to brag about. Despite a walkout of 1,123 Newspaper Guild members, the News struggled into print with one skimpy 16-page issue—run off on Hearst's Journal-American presses. Then the News suspended publication, the first and so far the only strike-bound Manhattan daily in what had originally looked like a management-labor showdown.

By week's end the Guild, whose contracts with Manhattan's seven dailies expired on Halloween, had struck only the News. This was clearly a backdown from the Guild's pre-strike threat of "no contract, no...

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