The Press: Rebellion

For a half-century, Clarksburg, W. Va. (pop. 32,014) has chafed under a one-party press. Its boss: a flinty old (79) party named Cecil B. Highland, who publishes the town's only dailies, the Democratic morning Exponent (circ. 13,572) and the Republican evening Telegram (circ. 23,593). Publisher Highland has fought radio (by banning even paid program listings), television for Clarksburg, a public sewage-disposal project, daylight-saving time, and most attempts to improve the town's playgrounds, schools and police. In his newspapers he has seldom bothered to print the other side of such issues. Last week, in full rebellion, Clarks-burgers began putting out their own...