The Press: The Biggest News

Merlyn S. Pitzele (rhymes with ritzily), labor editor of Business Week, has insomnia. To while away the sleepless hours one night last winter, he wondered about the one headline that U.S. newspaper editors would most like to print. In the morning, he wrote to 69 newspapers from New York to Los Angeles.

Last week Argosy magazine spread 40 of the 51 replies across four pages, topping them with mastheads and dressing them in the familiar headline styles of the newspapers. The answers were an interesting commentary on what was on the U.S. mind—or, at least, on the minds of its editors. By...

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