The Press: Flood Tide in Chicago

As they prepared to cover the Republican Convention next week, newsmen all agreed on one point. Their big competitor in Chicago will not be the other newsmen; it will be television and its gavel-to-gavel coverage. In a memo to his staff, Scripps-Howard's news executive Dick Thornburg sketched the plan of battle against TV: "Our job more than at any time in the past will be to provide interpretive material. Why did Joe Blow make that kind of a speech? What influence did it have? What votes did it change? Also, forward-looking stories telling the...

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