The Press: Crusade in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's tabloid Daily News, once a shiftless tatterdemalion, has been gunning hard for circulation since Democratic Backer Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. took it over two years ago, infused it with money and ambition. Its chief rival: Publisher Walter Annenberg's Inquirer. Last week, in the climax of a month-long barrage, the News's guns pounded not only at the Inquirer's circulation, but at alleged payroll padding and loan-shark operations within the paper itself.

The latest News campaign began when Inquirer Truck Driver Henry J. Turner, 54, was beaten to death one night on the Inquirer parking lot. Turner's own paper headlined the news of...

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