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the men who, Hearst says, are, the "highest paid, and the ablest
captains of industry."
The very figures Hearst quotes shows the "shrewdness" and
"far-sightedness" of these captains of industry, for there wasn't any
great difference aftenall in the amount'of advertising the various
papers had handed to them.
Evidently the shrewdSand far-sighted captains of industry paid
no attention to circulation, for they gave Hearst only about 1 per
cent more than ,they gave The Tribune and Record-Herald, and
only about 6 per cent more than they gave the poor old Inter-Ocean,
with nothing worth mentioning in the way of circulation.
Now, the labor unions, the employes of the railroads," didn't
give the papers any advertising at all, and when the I. C. strike
started the newspapers not only suppressed the truth about that
strike, but colored what stories they did print.
But it was worse than refusingthe strikers a square deal the
papers that suppressed or colored the news, defrauded, cheated and
deceived their own readers.
Whena newspaper deceives its readers and leads them to
erroneous opinions based on false premises, it commits an unpardon
Hearst has earned another banquet this" time from the' public
generally. For-he has given the people an insight into what is really
the matter with Chicago and that is, a bunch of newspapers run
from the counting room and for the benefit of the advertisers, rather
than for the public good.
Only within the week, President Kline of the International
Blacksmiths' union, issued a statement a frank, manly Statement
of the strikers toward acts of violence on the part of strikers.
It was given to all of the dailies for publication. -Not one of
the dailies published itin full, except The Daily Socialist and The
Day Book. The Record-Herold and Tribune, published a portion
of it, but Hearst's Examiner merely mentioned that Kline had issued
Only a few weeks ago, "however, all of the big dailies published
a full page advertisement giving the position and argument of the
v Do YOU see the point?
The effect of advertising on some newspapers is seen in the
attitude of The Tribune, both before and after it reformed and quit
taking loan-shark advertising.
- While the loan-shark was paying money for advertising in its
columns, The Tribune" was a good fellow' and kept its editorial
eyes shut while the loan-shark went through the pockets, of his