The Press: Shaking the Empire

"We are trying," said Publisher William Randolph Hearst Jr., "to do away with the oldish elements that have crept into our operations." And so the Hearst empire was getting the biggest shaking up in years. As the "oldish elements" were swept out, so were many of the oldish ideas of the late W. R. Hearst.

Over the wires to the editors of his 18 daily and Sunday papers, Bill Hearst sent orders for more local stories and editorials, more straight news reporting ("Avoid bias or lack of objectivity"). Some papers started using a more conservative makeup. Even the familiar "must-go"editorials,...

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