The Press: Go West

"Is it really the greatest newspaper in the world?" asked a newsstand clerk at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. In San Francisco. Hearst's Examiner gave the newcomer a qualified editorial greeting: "It cannot and won't attempt to compete with us in our traditional role as San Francisco's and Northern California's No. 1 newspaper. Welcome to our shore." The Los Angeles Times dismissed the debut in two paragraphs back in the business section. Later, its management chortled over how many Los Angeles stories the immigrant had missed.

Thus last week, the New York Times went West—with a paper edited in New York, transmitted by...

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