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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1912, Image 15

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NEWS ABOUT CHICAGO
NEWSPAPERS
Members of the Chicago news
paper trust almost forgot them
selves in the heat of the alder
manic campaign. Hearst charg
ed other publishers with being
financially interested in the trac
tion, telephone and gas trusts,
and the others accused Hearst, of
New York, of trying to control
the city of Chicago through his
hired man Andy Lawrence, and
Mayor Harrison ; and referred to
Hearst's influence as vicious.
Now come the Progressive Re
publicans with a campaign daily
in order to get the news of Sena
tor Walter C. Jones campaign
'for governor before the people,
because none of the newspapers
would print the Progressive
news. Although fighting each
other for control of the town the
regular dailies seemed to have, en-,
tered into a conspiracy of silence
. concerning the Progressives.
The people might think these
newspaper publishers were really
fighting one another, but when
their private interests are in
volved they protect each other.
They are banded together in a
trust known as the-Chicago Pub
lishers' association. They con
trol the newsstands in common,
Uhey parcel out territory to
agents for the sale of papers.
They suppress news that might
injure one another, or that might
displease somepf their big adver
tisers. But they are banded together
tighest of all in theii? fight against
organized labor. Under their
agreement if one paper has trou
ble with any of its union em
ployes, every other paper has to
help that paper make its fight
For months there"" has been
trouble between the Hearst pa
pers and some of its employes,
because Hearst has been ignoring
his contract with the men. But
the other publishers have stuck
by Hearst, and have been ready
to lock out all their employes if a
strike was called on the Hearst
papers.
They are jealous of each other, v
of course, and there is a fight on
for control of Chicago politics.
But when it comes to labor or the.
public, the publishers stand to
gether as one.
And even in politics they stand
together as against 'real progress
ives in both parties. Hence the
necessity of the Progressive Re
publicans starting a campaign
daily of their own to get the news
of their campaign and candidates,
to the public.
As for Democratic progress
ives, Hearst is trying to -throw
dust in the eyes of the people by
calling every Democratic candi
date he is backing a Progressive.
Yet he is backing Champ Clark
for president, and Clark is in the
combine with reactionaries like
Harmon and Underwood to pre
vent the nomination of Woodrow
Wilson or Wm. J. Bryan. Jn Illi-"
nqis Harmon stayed out of the
primary fight, and all of the Wall
street strength on the Democratic
side will be back of Champ Clark
and Hearst.
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