The Press: Rural Press Lord

Florida editors told each other a disturbing story. A country publisher had sold out, and this was the way it happened:

"How much do you want for your paper?" an agent asked him.

"More than it's worth," he said.

"Well, how much more?"

"A hell of a lot. . . . Oh, $10,000."

"We're prepared to give you $8,000 more than it's worth."

"Mister," said the editor, "you've bought a weekly."

Whatever the truth of the story, Floridians woke up to the fact that the cream of their state's 140 weeklies had been quietly bought up by one...

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