The Press: California Split: Dog Bites Dog

In the early days of the century, when typewriters were upright and competition was downright dirty. American newspapers used to rake each other's muck with all the verve they now expend on erring politicians. These days most papers observe an unwritten rule: Thou shalt not take a poke at another practitioner. Last week, however, one of the nation's biggest dailies, the Los Angeles Times (circ. 1,005,000), threw a haymaker at a smaller paper in nearby Long Beach, the Independent, Press-Telegram. In a rambling 20,000-word account spread over seven pages, the Times accused the...

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