The Press: Free Speech for the Boss

The New Dealing afternoon New York Post (circ. 351,439) hemmed and hawed until five days before the election and then endorsed Democrat Averell Harriman for re-election as New York Governor. At that eleventh hour its minced-hearted editorial ("Whatever his failures and shortcomings . . . we favor Harriman's re-election") read as if a myopic makeup man had misplaced several paragraphs. Post readers thought all this rather strange, but it was only the beginning.

The very day after the Harriman endorsement, Post Publisher Dorothy Schiff in her "Dear Reader" column, wrote warmly of...

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