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Old Joke

Jonah, an earlier version of the newspaper headline joke was tailored to New York City’s many daily newspapers, pre-1965. The point was to find an archetypal headline from each. As I recall, the Daily News was: TOT, 4, SLAYS DAD. The Journal American (or perhaps it was the World Telegram) was: HERO PRIEST NABS RED SPY. The New York Post, then an organ of Upper West Side liberalism, was: STORM SLAMS CITY, JEWS, NEGROES SUFFER MOST.

Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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