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austry. several years ago there was
some talk of piano manufacturers in
sisting on piano news in newspapers.
When we consider the number of
people who can-buy pianos, compared
with the number that can afford au
tos, it would seem that there would
be more interest in a piano column
than an auto department.
It would logically follow that news
papers ought to run patent medicine
news, with a bowel column to please
the owners of Cascarets, Carter's lit
tle liver pills, Hunyadi water, Pluto,
And Anheuser-Busch, Pabst, Schlitz
and the rest of the brewers could
consistently insist on beer news for
the purpose of keeping up public in
terest in their suds.
The influence of advertising Big
Business generally is seen in both the
news and editorial columns of news
papers through their attitude toward
trades unions. Union workers can't
get a square deal in the newspapers,
for unions are not big advertisers and
most of their employers are. And
the publishers themselves are em
ployers and don't like to raise wages
any more than other employers do.
But those publishers are as blind
as their advertisers They are crab
bing their own game. If they permit
their advertisers to dictate what they
shall print in their news and editorial
columns they are undermining their
own newspaper properties and driv
ing the people to the point when they
will turn the newspaper business in
The game worked so long as the
publishers could fool all of their
readers, but more and more readers
every day are getting their eyes open,
and confidence in newspapers is wan
ing that means their influence is
All over the country labor is start
ing its own newspapers and publish
ing news that regular newspapers
suppress, printing truth other news
papers cqlor and distort.
The time is coming when news-
papers will have to stand openly
either for their readers or for their ,
advertisers; and if the advertisers
push the game they are now playing .
they will help a good thing along,
and that good thing is the revolution
of American journalism and the es-
tablishment of a free press.
A newspaper is like a woman it
may sell its virtue secretly for a
while, but ultimately will be walking
the streets or have a red light in front
of the door.
Unless there is concerted action by
newspapers of this country to resist ,
this vicious attack of crooked Big
Business, present day journalism is
doomed. If the newspapers don't
stand together for the integrity of
their news and editorial columns, or
ganized advertisers will lick them
one at a time and finally enslave them
The people of this country won't t
go on forever buying newspapers that
are published to poison their minds
and control their life for the profit of -advertisers.
The people won't go on forever
supporting newspapers that support
government that oppress the people. 4
Phones and Subways. The news- ,
papers give columns of space discuss- $
ing subways from time to time, and
all you see in any of them about the
proposed telephone steal is found in
the paid ads of the Chicago Tele-i
Yet a municipal phone system that
willgive the people penny-a-call serv- -ice
means that everybody can afford t
a telephone; and that means more to
the people than subways.
No big city in the country has the
opportunity Chicago has to establish
a municipal phone system, owned and -operated
for the benefit of the people
instead of for the profit of owners
of watered stocks and bonds.
The women voters of Chicago can '
do forthe people the biggest things
ever done for any big city by taking f
up this matter and fighting for ax
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