The Press: House That Butch Built

"Of all the American newspapers," said Britain's astute Lord Northcliffe, "I would prefer to own the Washington Post, because it reaches the breakfast tables of the members of Congress."

Actually, the great British publisher (London Times, Daily Mail) stated only half the case. The real reason why other journalists praise and envy the Post is that in the past 17 years it has risen from the unenvied position as Washington's No. 1 scandal sheet to become the most independent and vigorous paper in the capital. Harry Truman regards it as an opposition organ; the...

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