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lie mind. Sensational stories are
printed that afterward turn out to
have been Ties.
The policy of President Wilson
and Secretary Bryan are deliberately
distorted. The president is pictured
as a scoundrel who is betraying his
country into the hands of Great Brit
ain. All this was -done to mould public
opinion and ta force the president
into war with Mexico, I can see no
Teason for it unless it be that Hearst
owns vast tracts of land in Mexico
, that would become much more valu
able If we were forced into war with
Mexico and sent an army of occupa
tion into Mexico to police that un
happy land to keep soldiers there to
police the country while Hearst and
others went on making money out of
their Mexican land.
" Or it may be that war gets the peo
ple so excited that they will spend
their money every few minutes buy
ing war extras. " ,
Another illustration is the persist
ent campaign of the Tribune to boost
President McCormick of the County
Board and to discredit the members
who won't obey McCormick's orders.
I don't know what the Tribune's
game is In the queer politics it plays,
but its tactics ate those of the politi
cal boss who wants to use the public
for" his own selfish ends.
The best known example of how
the. Tribune will use poweF when it
has it is found in the infamous mid
night lease, whereby a Tribune-controlled
school board changed the Tri
bune's lease of school land so that
there will be no revaluation of that
land during the entire term of the
lease 99 years.
The1 Daily News Occupies school
land on the same basis, and benefitted
financially by the same .rotten deal
of a newspaper-controlled school
When the Marshall Field store was
grabbing valuable property belonging
t4he people of Chicago, in order
to extend the store under" a street
and get ready for a big subway sta
tion, none of the newspapers that get
Field advertising dared make' a fight
to protect the rights of the people
from the raid on their rights.
That illustrated the powerful in
fluence of big advertisers when pub
lic rights are at stake.
I say that the newspapers that sup
pressed the news while that job was
being railroaded through council be
trayed the people of Chicago.
Another case in point is the deal,
the telephone trust has been trying
to railroad through council giving the
City's consent to the purchase by the
trust of the Automatic- telephone
plant. The point to this is that if this
consent is given it gives to the 'phone
trust, without any consideration to
the city, valuable property that now
belongs to the city; for I believe the
tunnel company now has the right to
take over the Automatic.
This deal has been on for months,
yet not a newspaper in Chicago has
peeped in defense of the city's rights.
And all the time the Chicago Tele
phone Gompany has been advertising
heavily in the newspapers.
What influenced the newspaper
policy of silence? The public interest
or the telephone advertising?
How much are the Chicago, news
papers influenced, in their news and
editorial policy by the persistent ad
vertising campaign of the other pub
He service corporations?
Now let's get back to Post. How
many advertisers are adopting the
same policy Post adopted of trying
Kto Influence the news and editdriai
policy of ,the newspapers to which he
paid large sums of money for adver
tising? Recently we have had an illustra
tion of the point of view of advertisers
who think as Post thought George
P. Bent, manufacturer of Crown pi
anos, didn't like spme policy of the
Tribune. So he cancelled his advertis
ing contract and started in ok a cam