The Press: The Zombie Worker

In the 34 years since the paper was born to shimmy with the Moscow line, the Communist Party has huffed, puffed and passed the hat repeatedly to save Manhattan's Daily Worker from folding. Last week the party tried for the first time to fold the Worker deliberately—and found to its chagrin that the hardy little rag kept right on coming out.

With a circulation of only 20,000 in its 1938 heyday, the Worker has shrunk to four tabloid pages, a publishing schedule of four days a week and sales of about 5,000—many of them to the FBI, the capitalist press and other...

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