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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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PRESS DISGRACED BY TAKING BRIBES OF
POLITICIANS-WILSON FREE OF BOSSES
BY N. D. COCHRAN
New York, Nov. 14. Progressives
in all parties have turned to analysis
of how it happened, and find in the
meaning of Wilson's re-election a
great forward movement in democ
racy during the next four years. Wil
son has been freed from obligation
to any bosses in the Democratic
party and is free' to be a progressive,
non-partisan, ail-American president.
Wall street was openly again him.
New York with 45, Pennsylvania
with 38, Illinois with 29, New Jersey
with . 14, Indiana and Michigan with
15 each, gave Hughes 156 votes, the
bulk of his strength. Tammany was
of no account to the Democratic
party, and the three leading bosses
of the Democratic old guard Mur
phy, Sullivan and Taggart delivered
not a vote. There is no Democratic
boss in Ohio, and Ohio joined the
progressive west in throwing the Re
publican Old Guard overboard and
making Wilson the reaL progressive
leader.
Wilson not only had a, plurality of
the popular vote, but hascarried 30
of the 48 states, evea though? Minne
sota is credited to Hughes.
In the west, where the real pro
gressive movement started, the Pro
gressives vote went to Wilson. In
the east, where many of the Progres
sives of 1912 were really Roosevelt
Republicans, most of the vote went
to Hughes. The election of Hiram
Johnson in California and Senator
Poindexter in Washington, while Wil
son carried both states, shows that
the Progressives of the west knew
what they were doing. Another in
dication of this is the difference be
tween the Hughes vote in Wisconsin
and that of LaFollette. Here are
three great progressives, Johnson,
Poindexter and LaFollette, elected to
the senate as Republicans, but sure
to be against all the foes of real de
mocracy the interests and. influ
ences that sought to defeat Wilson.
The real progressives of the re
public have not only elected Wilson,
but have freed him from the reac
tionary element in the Democratic
party and have paved the way for a
new political alignment, with Wilson
the leader of the progressive move
ment and free to be as progressive
as the country wants him to be.
Perhaps Wilson had the vision be
fore the campaign started, for he
went over the heads of the bosses of
his own party and made his non
partisan appeal directly to the peo
ple, themselves. He is now in ppsi
tion to unify the progressives and
either make the Democratic party
the real progressive party for 1920
or make it easy for all progressives
to get together in another party in
1920 the people, in control of their
own government.
Wall street made a desperate ef
fort in $he closing days of the cam
paign to win the election by the brute
force of money. A colossal advertis
ing campaign, that must have cost
millions, was made, the purpose be
ing to frighten people into voting for
Hughes. No doubt the vast expendi
ture of money to carry a presiden
tial election will be investigated, so
the people may know who put up the
money and who got it. As a news
paper man of 33 years' experience, I
say there never before was such a
prostitution of the press and if the
people know THEIR business it will
never happen again. The old theory
of newspapers being moulders of
public opinion assumed that the
molding was done by the editorial
column by argument. But with the
growing supremacy of the advertis
ing department the practice will be
that the man with the most money
to buy advertising space will control
the moulding. I don't care what an
editor says in his editorial column if
I can buy the right to say wha J

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