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POLITICS AND THE NEWSPAPERS
Did you ever stop to analyze the meaning of the columns of
stuff the newspapers print about politics?
And haven't you wondered what good any of it meant to YOU?
Some of the papers are Democratic, some Republican. One
wants this man elected to some office, another wants that one. Each
urges its readers to support the man it wants.
But we fail to see where any one of them gives one good reason
why a Republican would be any better than a Democrat or a Demo
crat any better than a Republican, so far as YOUR interests arc
The Tribune gives columns of space to fighting Lorimer. The
Inter-Ocean takes the Lorimer end of it. And all the other papers
play the anti-Lorimer game with The Tribune.
Yet there isn't six inches of real news of vital interest to the
average man or woman in two pages of testimony on the Lorimer
case. We don't believe one per cent of the people read it.
Even if all the charges are true, there was no sensation in it.
For even though Lorimer bought his seat, the average man believes
that nearly every other United States senator did the same thing.
And the people are not much interested in United States sena
tors anyhdw. Lorimr may be bad, but he. can't be any worse than
Guggenheim, Penrose, Smoot, Bailey, Gallinger and the rest of that
And when Hearst roasts Sullivan, everybody understands that
Hearst wants Roger out so Hearst can get in. And mighty few
people would see where either Hearst or Andy Lawrence would be
any improvement over Sullivan.
Hearst played the Wall street game for Taft four years ago,
and has been playing the same game ever since. We rather imagine
if the truth were known, Mo'rgan and Rockefeller would be better
suited with Hearst for president than any other candidate in the
Certainly nobody is working harder than Hearst to help them
crush organized labor.
It may be more than a coincidence that just about the time
J.rP. Morgan's Harper's Weekly began to throw the boots into
Woodrow Wilson, Hearst's papers got almighty busy at the same
LaFollette stands for more that the plain people stand for than
any candidate mentioned on the Republican side. Yet there isn't a
Republican paper in Chicago supporting him.