The Press: Crank's Crank

"Give light," proclaim the mastheads of all 19 Scripps-Howard newspapers, "and the people will find their own way." By generating heat as well, Scripps-Howard's El Paso Herald-Post (circ. 39,794) has long made its way as one of the chain's most profitable and independent-minded dailies. Under Editor Ed Pooley, a Tabasco-tempered maverick who has run the paper for 20 of his 59 years, the Herald has earned Texas-wide renown as an ardent defender of underdogs, whom Pooley, in deference to the border city's heavy Spanish-speaking population, invariably calls Juan Smiths. On their behalf, Pooley,...

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