Cinema: Hearst's News of the Day

In an election year, even those paragons of neutrality, the newsreels, often have a hard time staying on the tightrope of impartiality. As successful as any this year was Hearst's Metrotone News. Unfortunately, while Metrotone was scrupulously avoiding every trace of partisanship, its famed producer's newssheets were doing nothing of the sort. By last summer, cinemaddicts who objected to Hearst newspaper policies had taken to booing Hearst Metrotone News whenever it appeared on the screen, picketing theaters that showed it. First move of theaters managers was to cut the titles with the Hearst name on them and insert substitute titles and...

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