By Harry Haskell
On the flip of the 20 th century, the Kansas urban megastar used to be a trust-busting newspaper acclaimed for its revolutionary spirit; fifty years later it used to be a busted belief, unique within the most crucial antitrust motion ever introduced opposed to an American day-by-day. Haskell takes readers into the celebrity 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 good own editors from journalism s golden age; the scholarly Henry J. Haskell, who led the megastar to its height 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 position within the urban appealing stream that helped rework the United States s city facilities, the state s access into international wars, a daring yet ill-starred scan in worker possession, and the paper s conflict with Boss Pendergast s mythical political desktop.
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Only later in life, as experience tempered his libertarian instincts, would he come to believe that individual initiative and free-market capitalism were insufficient to safeguard the “material and moral interests” of the common people who looked to the Star for leadership. 25 Its pronouncements carried the more weight in that they emanated from the paper’s own manifest decorum, decency, and good taste. Like Pulitzer, Nelson understood that the acquisition of power and influence in the newspaper business was largely a numbers game.
Nelson” was an extension of its proprietor, so Kansas City was, in a very real sense, the Star writ large. To a degree seldom approached in any other American community, Nelson’s newspaper defined Kansas City’s self-image and physical development, set the public agenda, and created a potent and enduring civic mythology. Estimates of when the Star pulled out in front of the pack vary. By the early 1890s it was recognized as setting the pace in Kansas City journalism, as measured by both circulation and prestige.
Ne l s on 35 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. The palatial Star building at Eleventh and Grand, designed by Henry Van Brunt, with its street-level plate-glass windows. “Many a business house could learn a valuable lesson from the Star,” said rival publisher Ed Howe. ness. The employes [sic] are paid to work, and there is no sign of idle talk. This is business as it should be. 44 Those who assumed that Seested was the financial wizard behind the Star’s phenomenal success were only partly right.