The Press: The Dog Days

"We're up 70,000 in Los Angeles," exulted Frank Couniff, national editor of the Hearst newspaper chain. "We're up 82,000 in Boston, 71,000 in San Francisco, 160,000 in New York. Hell, we're even up in Albany." Then he paused, considering the reason for this unpredictable circulation swell. "I'm just as sorry as the next fellow about Marilyn Monroe," he said. "I liked and admired her. But as long as she had to do it, what a break that she did it in August."

Across the U.S., even as they conducted their interminable public post mortems on the fallen star, other newspaper editors watched...

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