The Press: How to Cover a Raid

Planning a big midnight vice raid last week on the dock area, Brooklyn's District Attorney Edward S. Silver called in the press for an advance briefing, with the understanding that the story would be held until the roundup began. But United Press International, which did not staff Silver's briefing, was told about the raid by a "responsible police official." who set the release date at 10 p.m. Out on the U.P.I, wire in time for 10 o'clock radio newscasts clacked word of Silver's sortie, a full two hours before the cops were due to swoop.

Within minutes after the news was broadcast,...

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