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Neither of them may be really sensational, but the big headlines make
readers believe they are sensational. In other words, newspaper readers
Real sensations that affect the public interest far more than any hor
rible murder or suicide are often entirely suppressed.
For example, the Bell telephone trust is about to buy the automatic
plant and establish an absolute 'phone monopoly in Chicago. Consent of
council will have to be obtained before the deal can be pulled off. If the
people of Chicago knew all about thist deal, public sentiment would be so
strong against it that council would not dare give the required permission.
But the people know little or nothing about it The Day Book is the
only newspaper that has told the truth about the deal, and the circulation of
The Day Book is comparatively small.
You will find no news in any of the advertising papers explaining the
meaning of this deal, but you will find advertisements of the Chicago Tele
phone Company in all newspapers that accept advertising.
So, by suppressing the news about the 'phone deal, the newspapers
that are getting money from the 'phone trust for advertising are helping the
'phone trust to pull off a deal that will eventually cost the 'phone users of
Chicago millions of dollars. .
If you will stop a minute to think, there is really little for the 'phone
company to gain by advertising, so long as it expects to control the field
absolutely,. and even now probably controls the policy of the automatic
Why, then, is it paying out thousands of dollars for advertising space?
I referred to the Tribune and News as the two newspapers strong
enough to defy advertisers. But wait a minute. The Tribune and News
now occupy land that belongs to the schools of Chicago. They are cheat
ing the schools, of Chicago out of thousands of dollars annually through a
deal made with a former school board, whereby the revaluation clause was
stricken out of their lease.
No matter how high land values in the loop may go, these two news
papers will keep on paying rental for years and years and years on a valua
tion fixed years ago.
Instead of the public schools getting the benefit of the increase in land
values in the loop, the Tribune and News get all that increase in value of
the school land they occupy.
I venture to say that neither of these great moral organs warned the
public in advance so that public sentiment could be aroused and prevent
the steal by these rich and powerful newspapers.
However, if a jack-roller on the West Side robs some fellow of four
dollars, both the News and Tribune will have .big headlines over big news
stories about little robberies.
By the way, how much news did you read in any of the newspapers
when gunmen in the employ of the newspapers murdered Conductor Frank
Witt and Teamster George Hehr?
How much protest did YOU read in any of the moral organs when last
year hundreds of newsboys and union workmen were arrested and thrown
in jail without booking, and released when finally brought into court be
cause no proof could be produced that they had committed any crime?
My woman friend asks if this isn't a neat way to make anarchists. I
don t know ALL it makes. I DO know that the immoral news policy of the
new&papersand .thejfr.,eiu.ploymen,t qf .gunmen. aa& sluggers HAVE made