The Press: Never Be Afraid

Joseph Pulitzer Jr. got no prizes from his famed prize-giving father. His chief physical inheritance was the old man's bad eyes (Pulitzer Sr. was so blind that for the last 20 years of his life secretaries read the paper to him). Financially, he inherited only one-tenth of the Pulitzer publishing estate. Brothers Ralph (now dead) and Herbert got the prize, the late, great New York World, and lost it. Joe got the backwater St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

This week, Joseph Pulitzer Jr., publisher of a newspaper that is now considered one of the nation's half-dozen...