Newspapers: Fairness in Phoenix

A few years back, a joke was making the rounds of Phoenix. Publisher Eugene C. Pulliam asks one of his managing editors: "What did Barry Goldwater say today?" The editor replies: "Nothing." "Fine," says Pulliam. "Put it right on page one, but keep it down to two columns."

Times have changed. Goldwater is very cool to his old friend Pulliam these days. And Pulliam's papers, the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette, have lost their partisan image and greatly improved and broadened their news coverage. This week Pulliam receives the University of Arizona's John...

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