The Press: The Six-to-One Party Press

Out to the ten Hearst newspapers went a wire from the boss. "Following signed editorial is a must go for Page One in all editions," read the instructions to editors. "Please use signature cut of W.R.H. [Editor-in-Chief William Randolph Hearst Jr.] at end." And so, last week, the Hearst papers made their first Democratic presidential endorsement since W.R.H. Sr. put his chain in Franklin Roosevelt's pocket in 1932.*

If there is any surprise factor at all in the U.S. press's editorial posture this presidential year, it lies in the eagerness with which publishers who are normally Republican have tossed bouquets at...

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