Michael J. O’Neill, Ex-Editor of The Daily News, Dies at 89
Michael J. O’Neill, a former editor of The Daily News in New York who directed its breathless coverage of the “Son of Sam” serial killer, then became a strong national voice for responsible media behavior, died on Tuesday at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was 89.
The cause was complications of pulmonary fibrosis, his family said.
When Mr. O’Neill became executive editor of The News in 1974, it was the nation’s largest general-interest newspaper, with a daily circulation of about two million. (It is now under 600,000.) The next year, it published the headline many deem the most famous in American journalism: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” It referred to President Gerald R. Ford’s denial of federal assistance to save New York City from bankruptcy. Mr. Ford never actually said “drop dead,” however well the phrase captured his point, and thought the headline cost him the White House....
comments powered by Disqus
- Memphis attempt to drop name of Nathan Bedford Forrest runs into state law
- Overlooked: The 25th anniversary of Captive Nations Week
- In confession to historian, George McGovern revealed he had a secret child
- Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism
- In a county that tried to amend U.S. history course, a lesson in politics
- U.K. Released Hundreds of Nazis After the Holocaust, Says Leading Historian
- NYT History Book Reviews: Who Got Noticed this Week?
- Historians Against the War gathering signatures for new resolution to AHA on alleged violations of academic freedom in Israel
- Academic Seeks Death Certificate for Outlaw Billy the Kid
- Murderer of historian of Czech Jewry goes on trial