From Tom Stites’s “Guest Posting: Is Media Performance DemocracyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Critical Issue?” (Center for Citizen Media: Blog: 3 July 2006):
And then there were [Walter] AnnenbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political shenanigans Ã¢â‚¬â€œ he shamelessly used his news columns [in The Philadelphia Inquirer] to embarrass candidates who dared to run against his favorites. One day in 1966 a Democrat named Milton Shapp held a press conference while running for governor and AnnenbergÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand-picked political reporter asked him only one question. The question was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mr. Shapp, have you ever been admitted to a mental institution?Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why no,Ã¢â‚¬Â Shapp responded, and went away scratching his head about this odd question. The next morning he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to scratch his head any more. A five-column front page Inquirer headline read, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shapp Denies Mental Institution Stay.Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not making this up. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen the clipping Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a friend used to have a framed copy above his desk. Those were not the good old days.