The Press: Oversight

Meier & Frank, a 14-story, block-square department store in Portland, Ore., is the biggest in the Pacific Northwest. It is also easily the biggest advertiser (10% of the linage) in Portland's two daily newspapers, the morning Oregonian (circ. 213,135) and the evening Oregon Journal (circ. 195,351).

Last week, in his monthly Oregon Democrat (circ. 2,500), Democratic National Committeeman Monroe Sweetland accused the two Portland dailies of suppressing news about their biggest advertiser. An A.F.L. union had accused store officials of unfair labor practices. Hearings on the charges had been held for eight days last month, but, wrote Monroe Sweetland, "Not one news...

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