The Press: Wilmington Turnabout

Like so much else in Delaware, the Wilmington Morning News and the Evening Journal are owned by the Du Pont family. For years, the Du Ponts insisted on editorial docility. One editor found it wise to keep a Du Pont genealogical table next to his phone so that he could quickly establish who was complaining at any given moment. Creed Black, an editor who showed some independence, left in 1964 when a Du Pont public relations executive was installed above him. Said Black at the time: "I for one need no further evidence that the ownership wants the Morning News and...

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