The Press: Life After Death?

With editorial staffers gathered uneasily around him, Managing Editor Ted Brooks of the Wichita, Kans. Beacon (circ. 94,434) in one sentence passed on the unhappy news: "We've had it."

Thus last week ended one of the least glorious competitions in newspaper history. When three brothers, Max, John and Louis Levand, took over the Beacon in 1928, they introduced a style of journalistic alley fighting that the rival Eagle had never seen before. Goaded to fury, Eagle Publisher Marcellus M. Murdock replied in kind. The contest quickly degenerated into a nasty feud waged in the...

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