Newspapers: Submerging the Story

For four long days -from the moment the Vatican Press Office an nounced that " Papa e grave"- hundreds of reporters were staked out in offices, shops and rented rooms around Vatican Square. Their opportunities for bungling during the long death watch were many. The surprise is that so few did. In Paris, the principal radio station bulletined news of the Pope's death 67 hours before it happened, then made it self look more foolish the following day with the breathless announcement, "He's still alive!"The German-Swiss tabloid Blick -which, appropriately, is printed on pale yellow paper -passed the word...

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