The Press: Let History Try

Everyone in the Minneapolis evening Star and morning Tribune city rooms knew who John Cowles Jr. was: he was the son of President John Cowles Sr., 61, who runs the papers.* But when John Jr. moved into a vice-presidency and the associate editorship of the Star and the Tribune last summer, no one really knew quite what he was. Last week the Star and Tribune staff found out: John Cowles Jr., 31, is the heir apparent, and already beginning to take power.

What happened was plenty plain: John Jr. fired out of hand the Star and Tribune's Executive Editor William P.Steven,...