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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 01, 1912, Image 15

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A DANGEROUS-NEWSPAPER TRUST
-Somja pepple niay.think n'oljotly J
ls-Mnjter-esteoV m the newspaper
lockout but the publishers 'and
theiruni6neirip'kyes. . But that
isn't trucy y "
"Every mari woman' and child
iftChicagb isript'erjested. For
there isn't; a trtist 'in- existence
thaFis half as dangerous to lib
enty fand -justice as thexChicago
newspaper trush'
H6wrnuch, the trust publish
ers bowbeat, -bulldoze and bully
tfeeir enjployes Ts a small matter
indeed,compared withlthe harm
they candpto everybody by con
trolling" what information all the
people of Chicago can get
through the newspapers.
If' the political tosses in Chi
ago were as bad as the worst
political bosses" in" America, they
couldn't do the-harm that news
paper bosses can 'do. ' -:
The truth is, there" is not in the
United States as vicious- and dan
gerous a trust as the s umcago
newspaper trust. ' It is the only
tjustin Chicagoi that maintains
and keeps on its pay-roll murder
ing thugs and sluggers, sIts slug
ging .wrecking crews amount to a
private-police fovCe, .which takes
.the law; into, its o;wn rhands for
thejfinanciab benefff'of the trust
publishers. , . -
Its political pull is scstrpng
that a weak mayor, is';arf'abso
lute nonentity jn this1" strike, and
the entire police department
supported .by public taxation is
taking" orders frqm.the newspaper
tr ustandhelping fight workmen,
newsboys and carriers.
- If the newspaper trust can
crush unionism among its own
employes;- it can then' crush ,all
unjons in Chicago for the bene
fit of 'big business.
' If it can control publicity, it
can absolutely control-the city of
"fvtgo ana me lives ot all ottne
people' whp'live in Chicago.
In everything that affects -the
selfish 'interests of these trust
publishers i controls - politics.
If the Democrats win, the Hearst
organs control office-holders-for
the benefit of the trust. If Re
publicans win, then The Tribune,
Inter-Ocean, News and Record
Herald control the local govern
ment'fn the'i'nterest of the trust.
The purpose of this-trust is to
control' government In Chicago
for" the benefit of the newspapers,
and nb't-fo'f fhe benefif nf thP
pie.
This DOWer is now hpintr ncw?
and all' of "the strength of govern
ment is being used, to crush
unionism ,m the printing trades,
to reduce all ' employes of the
newspaper "triisfc taabject slavery.
-And if 'the . publishers' - trust
wins 'in'fhfs fighV" a'gainst union
ism, it will have 'the power to de
stroy unionism in every' branch of
industry, in Chicago,' and reduce
the people generally to a condi
tion of industrial slavery.
, That's, why every man, woman
and child in Chicago is interesfpH
and involved, whether they be
lieve in unionism or not. ,
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If silence is eolden wfiv shnnlr?
hbt 'speech be" free?
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