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Record-Herald so as to have a club over the Tribune and Examiner, the
people won't help hold up the club.
Readers of the Tribune don't care how arbitrary its methods may be in
dealing with adyertisers. They don't care what page the Trib puts this or'
that id on, or what restrictions it puts on advertisers.
I had hoped when Keeley left the Tribune .that the effect would be to
- stimulate all three morning papers to fight for circulation by making better
newspapers for then readers. At the
same time I feared the fight would be
for advertising patronage and that
meant poorer ins'tead of better news
papers, from the readers' standpoint.
It looks now as it the real fight is
for business, and only incidentally for
advertising. The fight may tame Both
the Trib and the Examiner; and if the
Record-Herald is business-controlled,
;- we needn't expect much from' that
paper except the exercise of Keeley's
genius for organizing news.
That don't really amount to much
. if the paper resorts to the tactics of
the average newspaper, and colors or
suppresses significant news. The
first shock I got from the Record
Herald under Keeley's management
"was the dropping of Arthur Evans'
real pews from the Colorado indus
I had been reading Evans' stories
with much interest, because they had
the ring of truth. It was the only big
paper in Chicago at that time that
was getting at the real significance
of that fight. Yet no story from Evans
has appeared since Keeley took
I don't see why Rosenwald
should care how far Keeley goes in
printing the truth, for he doesn't own
a department store and his big inter
ests are outside the loop. That may
account for the comparative freedom
with which the loop newspapers
printed the news during the O'Hara
investigation, when Julius Rqsen
wald, as head of Sears-Roebuck, was
advertised as "an employe xw'ho paid
Rosenwald is a very rich man. He
makes more money than he knows
what to do wjth; and like many other
rich men contributes liberally to the
United Charities and other, alleged
philanthropises, as an agreeablev
mariner of getting rid jf his money "
without doing much real work him
self. -' t
If Rosenwald alone were backing
Keeley, I can see where he might tell
Keeley to go as far(as he likes.
Billings, however, 'has made his
millions out of public utilities. I
don't know what stock and bonds he
owns now, or how much or little he
may be interested in exploiting the
people, But even if he has made his
pile and is resting on his oars, his
mental habit has been formed and
his sympathies are naturally with
public utilities and the ruling class. '
Sheddas head of the big Marshall
Field store, is said to be much more
human than Jimmie Simpson, a'nd to
occasionally feel an interest in hu
manity, but he can't divorce himself
from the way he makes his money; ""
and some of it is made by exploiting
labor by paying thousands of em
ployes less than a decent living wage.
And his business interests are in
the loop. I don't know him, but
know the type well enough to know
that his business training will rule his
habit of thought, and he can't afford
to permit humane considerations or
sentiment to interfere with profit-'-,
If Levy Mayer is interested, it is
reasonable to assume that his sym
pathies run parallel with those of his
clients in the liquor .business. And,"
there are times when an influential
newspaper can help its friends. "
It will not be necessary for either
of these men to ask JsLvors of the
Record-Herald-if they have loaned its
owners money. Gratitude does the