The Press: Hoax & Hate

Chicago's afternoon tabloid, the breezy, crusading, pro-Roosevelt Times, celebrated its 15th birthday last week by announcing that it had topped the Chicago Daily News in circulation for the first time (429,319 to 427,621 daily average in August). It also celebrated by gleefully reviving a triumph over its archfoe, Colonel McCormick's Chicago Tribune.

Three months before Election Day in 1936 the Tribune headlined a story from Riga, Latvia by its veteran correspondent Donald Day: "MOSCOW ORDERS REDS IN U.S. TO BACK ROOSEVELT." The Times promptly offered $5,000 for proof that the story was...

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