The Press: Postage Due?

Postage Due? The U.S. Post Office has lost money for most of its 157 years. Recently, politicians have been laying much of the blame on the costs of carrying second-class mail, which includes magazines and newspapers. Last week President Truman himself teed off on magazine and newspaper publishers before an audience of postmasters, most of them political appointees. Harry Truman, who has joined Congress in asking raises for the mailmen despite the $500 million-a-year postal deficit, laid the "biggest part of the deficit" on the low rates on newspapers, magazines and advertising matter, a subsidy "to the tune of several hundred...

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