The Press: The Chain That Isn't

To upstate New York's Rochester Democrat & Chronicle in 1886 came an indignant letter from one of its newsboys. Protesting that he had been billed 6¢ too much for his papers, ten-year-old Frank Ernest Gannett demanded that the error be "rectified," added in his boyish scrawl: "I have always meet my bills."

From this aggressive faith in the rewards of enterprise, hardheaded Newsboy Gannett (accent on the nett) never wavered. It led him, frustratingly, into politics, notably as the highly unsuccessful "businessman's candidate" for the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, into propaganda as...

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