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The whimsicality of the incident sharpened its significance. James O’Shaughnessy became managing editor overnight. The day before, he had been a reporter on the morning edition. O’Shaughnessy was a gentleman of high character. ” Koenigsberg recalled that O’Shaughnessy had told him of his appointment as managing editor “with a sheepish grin” and added that “It was not of his choosing. In fact, it embarrassed him. He was blindly obeying James O’Shaughnessyâ•›—â•›Star Reporterâ•‡43 instructions. The order had come from Mr.
James O’Shaughnessy avoided further personal embarrassment by taking matters into his own hands: “It was O’Shaughnessy who that night set Hearst’s misgivings at rest. He welcomed relief from the humbug into which he had been thrust. O’Shaughnessy found no pride in his one-day career as a managing editor. ”51 For his part Fred Lawrence did not enjoy an unblemished reputation for his journalism. Hearst had sent him to Cuba to report on the Spanish-American War in 1898. 55 It was an exciting time.
O’Shaughnessy was a gentleman of high character. ” Koenigsberg recalled that O’Shaughnessy had told him of his appointment as managing editor “with a sheepish grin” and added that “It was not of his choosing. In fact, it embarrassed him. He was blindly obeying James O’Shaughnessyâ•›—â•›Star Reporterâ•‡43 instructions. The order had come from Mr. Hearst. As for his dutiesâ•›—â•›he didn’t know where or how to start. He would have to rely on my guidance. ” It emerged that a noted subeditor named Fred W.