By Harry Haskell
On the flip of the 20 th century, the Kansas urban superstar used to be a trust-busting newspaper acclaimed for its innovative spirit; fifty years later it was once a busted belief, special within the most vital antitrust motion ever introduced opposed to an American day-by-day. Haskell takes readers into the big name s urban room and government workplaces and tells the tale of the 3 males with contrasting personalities and agendas who formed the paper: William Rockhill Nelson, one of the final of the nice own editors from journalism s golden age; the scholarly Henry J. Haskell, who led the famous person to its top of effect within the Nineteen Thirties and 40s; and Roy A. Roberts, who went directly to mix the jobs of newspaper writer and political kingmaker. Haskell recounts such milestones because the megastar s function within the urban attractive circulation that helped rework the United States s city facilities, the kingdom s access into worldwide wars, a daring yet ill-starred test in worker possession, and the paper s conflict with Boss Pendergast s mythical political laptop.
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It wants to get the news and to be entertained. Such instruction as we have to impart must be made a secondary matter. If we can sneak up behind a man when he isn’t looking and instruct him, all well and good. ”29 The policy of sneaking up on readers in preference to beating them over the heads occasionally made it necessary for Nelson to rein in some of his more prolix writers, especially on the editorial page. “I don’t want the Star’s editorials to be a lot of literary essays,” he insisted. ” His most succinct statement of editorial practice, written a few months before his death, revealed a decidedly mixed attitude toward editorial writers as a class.
R. Ne l s on 31 son of the Louisville Courier-Journal. The two men had been thrown together by Tilden’s ill-starred 1876 campaign, in which the Kentuckian had played a key role as adviser and strategist. A white-maned scion of the Old South, Watterson embodied the best in the southern liberal tradition. The twin pillars of his Democratic faith were free trade and reconciliation between North and South. Following his lead, Nelson embraced free trade as his lifelong cause, and it was largely to spread the gospel of tariff reform, as preached by his revered Grover Cleveland, that he launched a weekly farm edition of the Star in 1891.
A born pragmatist, Nelson was leery of ideologies and platforms. He reserved the right to change his mind on any issue without prior notice, the better to keep opponents off balance—and also, it sometimes seemed, employees in their places. “This is the way I feel now,” he liked to taunt his editors. ”14 Come election time, the Star more often than not found itself crossing party lines or straddling fences, although the latter was not a posture that Nelson could maintain for any considerable length of time.
Boss-busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star by Harry Haskell