The Press: All in the Family

The presses were already rolling when word came at 2:18 p.m. of Patty Hearst's capture, but the San Francisco Examiner (circ. 163,391) managed a brief bulletin and roared back the next afternoon with the kind of volcanic front page that would have tickled Patty's flamboyant grandfather, Examiner Founder William Randolph Hearst. PATTY, ARE YOU COMING HOME? screamed a headline in WAR-DECLARED type. Editor-Publisher John R. ("Reg") Murphy contributed a copyrighted interview with Patty's parents about their first meeting with her since she was kidnaped more than 19 months ago.

For the flagship of the eight-paper Hearst chain and a paper with...

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