Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
The story of the newspaper trust
and its dominance of the political
situation is completely exposed.
The sickening truths are finally
driven home. And -the people are
opening their eyes. The dawn of a
new day seems at hand. A day when
newspapers, controlled by big adver
tisers, can not tell the people who is
a good man and who is not. Because
a man is rated good or bad in the
eyes of the newspaper bosses only
by the way in which he serves Big
Corporate crooks in politics have
been indorsed by newspapers. And
the people are told that they are fine
men and should be elected.
For years it has been the custom
of The Tribune to take the lead in
the selection of candidates. The
head of the Chicago Tribune is Rob
ert R. McCormick.
"Let's examine the record of Rob
ert R. McCormick," says Scully.
"Let's see the type- of man that in
forms the people they've got to vote
the way he wants them to.
"Two months ago there was filed
in the Superior Court a suit for
$300,000. It was known as the suit
of Edward S. Adams against Robert
"Edward S. Adams is a cousin of
The Tribune publisher. And the bill
says that several years ago McCor
mick went to the home of Adams and
lived there as one of Adams' family.
"And the charge is made that on
account of the actions of Mrs. Ed
ward S. Adams and McCormick, Ad
ams' relative and companion, Mr.
and Mrs. Adams were divorced.
"The charges against 'Bertie' Mc
Cormick, self-elected morals censor
of Cook county, are too nasty for me
to repeat to you. But Adams has
sued McCormick for $300,000 as a
"Now, If that were any man here
tonight the newspapers would go to
the story with delight. But the news
paper trust suppressed that story.
Because the newspaper bosses have
agreed to keep silent concerning
their own skeletons.
"And' that story would have re
mained buried if it were not for the
fact that The Day Book is not a
trust paper. And it gave its readers
Scully also dwells on his own ex
perience as a public officeholder and
the efforts of newspaper bosses to
"I believe the newspaper strike
did more to teach the people the real
truth concerning the newspapers,"
he says. "They seek to control every
branch of government
"You're given their support only
when you promise to turn over your
office to them. Then they proceed
to instruct you how to run it .
"You may ask why they do this!
They do it because they are the po
litical agents of their millionaire- ad
vertisers. When Big Business wants
something real bad it is up to the
newspapers to bluff every candidate
into giving it tothem.
"If something is about to be put
over in the interests of Big Business
it is suppressed by the newspapers.
And the politician who doesn't fall in
line is walloped when he appears for
MOTHER JONES IN TOWN:
Mother Jones, beloved by all trade
unionists, arrived in Chicago last
jiight and began a campaign in the
interests of Congressman Prank
Buchanan, whom labor is now fry
ing to send back to Congress.
Mother Jones will speak tomorrow
at the Chicago Federation of Labor.
She wishes to tell of the work done
by Buchanan in the interests of the j,
striking miners of Colorado.
I ,B. W. A. MEET SUNDAY.
The emergency committee of the
International Brotherhood Welfare
Ass'n will meet tomorrow afternoon
at Hull House at 3 p. m. The Chi
cago headquarters ol the association
will be opened Monday.