The Press: Lend-Lease

Reading the ultra-Tory London Daily Mail last week, Londoners chuckled at a sprightly story by a reporter who wanted to buy a bicycle and found himself snarled in the paper work of Laborite bureaucracy. The headline was of a familiar pattern:

ONE GREEN BIKE AND LOTS OF RED TAPE.

But to Mail readers, the byline was unfamiliar: "By Mark Ethridge Jr." It was the foreign debut of the 26-year-old son of the publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times.

A Princeton graduate, Mark Jr. has never worked for his father's newspapers. He broke in on...

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