The Press: Two's a Crowd

To readers of the faded Seattle Star (circ. 70,000), the two editorials were a little hard to reconcile. One ran on the editorial page. It boasted that the city had grown 33% since the 1940 census. Crowed the headline: SEATTLE'S BEST YEARS ARE AHEAD. But on Page One another, sadder editorial said that the Star would not be around to enjoy them. Bled by "terrific increases in every item" of publishing costs, the paper was folding up that day.

Even with its dying breath, the once-vigorous, lately spineless Star told less than the whole truth. It had just been swallowed—but did...

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