Schact, Linda: Journalist cooperation


Linda Schact: I’ve been kind of reliving this recently thinking about my father who was a newspaper reporter and a radio broadcaster in San Francisco from about 1939 till 1981, and there were many, many times when I would suggest to my father or complain to my dad about somebody getting too close to their sources, too close to the downtown interests, being wined and dined by some of the big businesses in San Francisco. My dad who was a reporter from the old days, he’d say “What’s wrong with that?” I know for a fact there were decades there where it was very tight between big business and reporters. Dinners, trips, all kinds of perks depending on how many headlines you could write and how many stories you got in the newspaper. By the time I was starting to be a reporter, if the politician sent you the roses you didn’t take them. So I think journalism grew up. San Francisco for a long time was a pretty parochial place run by one group of people, and it wasn’t until after the 70’s that journalism changed and politics changed and the [tenure] of the whole city changed.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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