The Press: Passion Without Prejudice

Measured by popular standards, the London Economist is as out of place on U.S. newsstands as the Congressional Record in Piccadilly Circus. Devotedly British, the 116-year-old weekly Economist is scholarly and staid in its content, a bit stuffy in its appearance, and it usually devotes only five or six pages per issue to the U.S. (in "American Survey," a department introduced seven years ago). Yet last week, in 171 cities from New York to Los Angeles, the Economist did appear on U.S. newsstands. And sales were so brisk, even at 50¢ a copy, that some spots in Manhattan sold out in...

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