The Press: Free Press Flip-Flop Flap

Seldom does a major daily newspaper execute as many flip-flops on important stories as the Detroit Free Press did in recent weeks. The first came over an article by Remer Tyson, 40, the paper's political correspondent, and Reporter Dave Anderson, 32, five days before the November elections. Their story accused State Representative James Damman, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, of conflicts of interest arising from his land deals while a member of the city commission and zoning board of Troy, a Detroit suburb.

The next day the Free Press, which had endorsed the Republican ticket, demanded in a blunt editorial by...

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