The Press: Federated's End

At the height of the great 1919 steel strike, the U.S. press carried so little news of the dispute that 32 labor editors decided to start a cooperative, nonprofit news service solely to cover union activities. The agency: Federated Press. Since 1922 the F.P. has been run by Carl Haessler, a Detroit newsman, publicist, e.g., with the Institute for Mortuary Research, and a self-styled "anticapitalist" who was court-martialed for refusing to put on an Army uniform in World War I, later went to Alcatraz for leading a prison strike. Not long after its...

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