The Press: Crusader at Work

Fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties . . . always remain devoted to the public welfare . . . never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.

—From the "Platform," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Most newspapers have some such resounding principles either engraved on their buildings or printed in their pages. But at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (circ. 391,890), the "Platform" is not only embedded in the walls and run every day on the editorial page; it is so deeply...

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