Press: Citoyen Hersant

Front-page electioneering

A politically ambitious publisher with an unsavory past buys the New York Times and uses its front pages to win the upcoming election for the Administration and himself. It can't happen here, perhaps, though William Randolph Hearst did use his chain of dailies in an unsuccessful attempt to win the 1904 Democratic presidential nomination. It could happen this month in France, where a Hearstian press lord named Robert Hersant is marshaling his paper's political coverage to help the ruling center-right coalition in the March parliamentary elections, and to help keep himself in the National Assembly as well.

Hersant. whose dozen dailies...

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