The Press: Printing Under the Gun

In January, when two men said to be members of the Symbionese Liberation Army were arrested for the murder of an Oakland school official, San Francisco's two major papers leaped on the story with classic gusto. The morning Chronicle and the evening Examiner share printing facilities but compete editorially. They fielded squads of reporters who day after day dug up leads linking the suspects to the crime.

That was before the kidnaping of Patricia Hearst. Now, says a Chronicle reporter, "San Francisco newspapers for the first time are being forced to print things over which they have no control."

And what they are...

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