The Press: War in Fleet Street

On New Year's Day, the British government gave the long-awaited word that it had increased the newsprint ration, and Fleet Street went forth to battle for circulation. Last week, as the gains and casualties were totted up after a month of heavy fighting, the London Daily Mirror claimed victory. By passing Lord Beaverbrook's Daily Express, the tabloid Mirror had become the world's biggest daily. In January its circulation had jumped 487,000, to 4,187,403. Commented the sound, small (circ. 42,000) weekly London Economist: "The success of the Daily Mirror is a sorry reflection upon a democracy, sometimes called educated, which prefers its...

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