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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 28, 1913, Image 3

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Now if newspapers .will suppress
news to please-advertisers in one in
stance, they will do it in another. If
advertisers enjoy special privilege as
to publicity, how long wll the people
of this republic have faith in the
truth of what they read in the news
papers How long are the people going to
permit newspaper publishers to de
termine who arle the "prominent,"
"leading" and "best" citizens, when
they become convinced that money
influences the judgment of those
publishers?
The really important thing in the
Vera Scott confession is not whether
or not her story is true. It really
doesn't make much difference
Whether Marshall Field, Jr., shot
himself or was shot by somebody
else. The big thing in the story is
that the newspapers that get money
from the Field store for advertising
suppressed it. For that helps people
to see that our boasted free press is
not free at all, but is a slave to its
advertising patrons.
There isn't an honest reporter or
editor on any one of the big news
papers in the loop who doesn't know
that he is hampered in giving the
people the truth by the powerful in
fluence of advertisers through the
business office.
It would take pages to enumer
ate the news- stories in The Day Book
during the past two years that were
suppressed by every newspaper in
the loop.
People have been killed in elevator
accidents n State street department
stores, and the news suppressed.
Last winter The Day Book printed
several stories of accidents in de
partment stores that appeared in no
other Chicago newspaper.
Recently the Field store grabbed
valuable public rights beneath the
streets; and none of the advertising
newspapers protested. Later theHbig
r ore hogged a whole block of street
while building operations were on;
and the newspapers kept quiet.
The Influence of the Field millions
is so powerful that the Field store
can do about what it pleases to do in
Chicago.
When the O'Hara committee of the
Illinois senate investigated low wages
in department stores, the newspapers
grudgingly printed parts of the evi
dence, and then had hypocritical re
formers and uplifted write dope to
prove that there was no connection
between vice and low wages.
Not one of them lifted its voice for
a living wage for the clerks in the
employ of the big advertisers. They
licked the hand that fed them.
This kind of slavery can't go on
forever. The people won't stand for
it. They will insist on a free press
that is free to print the truth, with
out fear of punishment by Big Busi
ness. They will insist on having news
papers that will be on the square
with their readers.
Newspapers hke The Day Book will
spring into existence, and the people
will depend upon them-for the truth.
The Day Book is but the beginning
of a revolution in journalism, the
forerunner of a really FREE press.
Those who have been reading The
Day Book and have got accustomed
to its odd size and brief .manner of
handling the news have found that
there is more real news in every is
sue of The Day Book than there is in
any other daily newspaper in Chi
cago. And, best of allt it is under no ob
ligation to Big Business, because it
does not and will not accept adver
tising at any price or under any con
sideration. It is the only real NEWS
paper in Chicago. And it can be
made to pay as a business venture
without a penny's worth of adver
tising in it.
I haven't published the ne.ws about
the Vera Scott confession because I
find any pleasure in printing that
kind of news. I wanted to illustrate
a point. This story illustrates it. I
wanted to show how most news-
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