The Press: Happy Birthday

In 50 blatant columns of type, cartoons and pictures, Hearst's New York Journal-American last week went on a seven-day sentimental jag. Occasion: the golden anniversary of William Randolph Hearst's brash invasion of the New York newspaper field. Like any 50-year-old celebrating a birthday (see above), the Journal remembered just what it wanted to about the good old days.

Back in 1896—the year when Adolph S. Ochs bought control of the tired Times for $75,000—ambitious young (33) Hearst picked up the tottering Journal for $180,-ooo. Over at the World (according to the Journal's historians), Joseph Pulitzer pooh-poohed: "No one from the West...

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