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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 07, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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I believe that the people will fight
for a newspaper that they believe is
on the square, and they will fight for
a politician if they believe he is on
the square, even if all the newspapers
are against him.
In the present-instance, I don't
think the advertisers are standing by
the Tribune because they prefer it
to either the Record-Herald or the
Inter-Ocean, but' because Ujey are
afraid to tackle the Tnbune7 and are
not afraid of. either of the other two;
When Hearst broke into the Chi
cago field he got a big circulation,
and got it by fighting the battles of
the people especially those of labor
He had all the other publishers
against him. The merchants didn't
begin advertising with Hearst be
cause they were stuck on him.rbut
because he had tb? people back of
him and the circulation, and they
wanted to reach the people and get
their patronage and money.
It was after Hearst got the busi
ness that he went back on the people
who gave him circulation and gave
him a foothold in Chicago. In the
end he will lose out if he continues
as a servant of special privilege. But
why advertisers are afraid of him
now, I can't get through my head.
However, I would be for killing
off both the Record-Herald and the
Inter-Ocean and throwing both Asso
ciated Press franchises in the lake if
I were convinced it would make the
Tribune so much stronger that it
would become entirely free and
honest, and represent the people
fearlessly in defiance of the adver
tisers. But I can't quite gauge the
Tribune. Sometimes I am strong
for it, and at other times it makes me
sore. I get sore when I think it is
afraid to go the route and tell adver
tisers to go hang
But the big point of it all is why
should the State street merchants
have the power to decide what news
papers shall live and what one must
die? j
Why shouldn't that power belong
wholly to the -people of Chicago?
But if the State street merchants
have that power, then for whose in
terests will Chicago newspapers be
And if newspapers can mould pub
lie opinion, for whose benefit will it
be moulded? .
Is there any bigger, job the people
of Chicago can tackle than to eman
cipate their newspapers and make
them free to serve the public'
What has the public gained by the
reduction of the selling price of
newspapers from two cents to one?
If there were one mdrning news
paper in Chicago that was. absolutely
independent of advertisers and selfish ,
interests, and would give jne the
truth in the news, I would much
rather pay five centra copy for it f ",
than one cent for all the rest of them.
The Inter-Ocean would have a bet
ter cha,nce at that kind of a game be
ca'use it has no such bonded Jndebt-edness-to
pay interest on.
As the situation now stands, how
ever, The Day Book is the only news
paper in Chicago that is under obli
gation to nobody but its readers. Big
Business can't kill an adless news
paper by withdrawing patronage.
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"Excuse me, tuuui see yuu!" t
"Don't mention it those are the
most epcouraging words I've "heard
in a year. I thought I was getting:

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