Everyone on TV reads the same newspaper – Boing Boing
Everybody on TV and in movies reads the same newspaper, it seems. And they’ve been reading that standard newspaper prop for decades. At a guess: paranoid studio lawyers don’t want to use real newspapers because they think that they might get a copyright complaint from the paper (despite this incidental use being clearly fair use), so they insist that set-dressers all use the same prop that’s fully rights-cleared.
Wow… this blew my mind.