The Press: The Unread Press

The New York Times is virtuous, and conscious of its virtue. It doesn't worry about its low place on the newsstands (third among Manhattan's four morning papers), but it occasionally deplores the low state of culture that causes that fact. Last week one of the Times's editors preached a little sermon on why four out of five New Yorkers prefer the tabloids at breakfast.

Opening a Times lecture course for New York City public-school teachers, Sunday Editor Lester Markel denied that Americans are a well-informed people. Judging by the way people answer public opinion polls, he said, "20% of the population belongs...

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