The Press: America Firster

The huge New York Daily News last week asked itself why it was so popular—and answered itself to its own obvious satisfaction.

The reason the tabloid News has the biggest U.S. circulation (2,004,000 daily and 3,700,000 on Sunday), according to Publisher Joseph Medill Patterson's editorial, is that people approve of its "America First" line. Joe Patterson drew the same conclusion about his cousin Bertie McCormick's mighty Chicago Tribune and his sister Eleanor ("Cissie") Patterson's Washington Times-Herald. He noted that they were tops in circulation in their cities, too. Said the News:

"The favorite...