The Press: More Fanciful than Real

For years the Republican New York Herald Tribune has not only housed but syndicated two of the most pro-Democratic columnists in the U.S.: spry Walter Lippmann, 73, and supple Joseph Alsop, 52. Last week Columnist Lippmann announced that he and his syndicate of 30 years will soon part company. His new employer, effective Jan. 1: the Washington Post Co.

If Lippmann's purpose in making the move was to improve his ideological setting, the improvement is more fanciful than real. His columns will be distributed by the news service recently launched by the Post, a Democratic-leaning paper, and the Los Angeles Times,...

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