The Press: End of an Experience

The strange Roosevelt-Hearst misalliance in Seattle came to an end. John Boettiger (the late Franklin Roosevelt's son-in-law) and wife Anna stepped out of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. For eight and a half years John had been publisher, and Anna associate editor. Their reason for quitting: "irreconcilable differences" with Publisher William Randolph Hearst.

The irreconcilable differences had been there all along—but there had once been reasons for reconciling them. In 1936, Hearst's P-I had been shut down by a costly 15-week American Newspaper Guild strike, and was in bad odor with the New Dealing, labor-loving...

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