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The punchiest Daily News headline ever

November 2, 2009

Okay, so it lacks the cadence of The Post‘s 1983 masterpiece “Headless Body in Topless Bar.” But this Daily News gem, from the October 30, 1975 edition of the paper, more than makes up for it in punch and bluntness.

FordtocityheadlineOf course, Ford didn’t actually tell the city to drop dead. New York City in the 1970s was broke, and city lawmakers were desperate for Federal funds to keep services going. On October 29, Ford gave a speech denying the city a bailout.

It was more of a tough-love move to get the city to stop its out-of-control spending than an outright no. And a few months later, Ford did sign off on loans to keep New York from going bankrupt. 

But the immortal headline cast Ford as a villian. In an interview years later, he said that he felt it cost him the presidency in 1976.