The Press: A Game of Monopoly

For 82 years the industrial town of Springfield, Mass, had a great daily newspaper. Horace Greeley called its doughty Republican "the best and ablest country journal ever published on this continent." For another 20 years, the declining Republican was just a member of a four-paper monopoly, and none of them could claim greatness. For 143 days this winter Springfield had no local papers. Last week, Springfield was back to one paper, but it was little better than none.

The man who now decides what kind of newspapers Springfield will have is Sherman Hoar Bowles,...

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