Introduction from the first issue of the Star

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Introduction from the first issue of the Star - The Star Why, What and How Brought into being:...
The Star Why, What and How Brought into being: in an unusual way; its appearance awaited with unusual hopes and possibly in some quarters with unnecessary fears the Minnesota Daily Star, more than the ordinary newspaper at its beginning, owes to its readers the duty of explaining its reasons for being, its objects, and the methods it will pursue. The Star has been founded as the. result of the voluntary act of a large number of persons, most of them residents of Ihe state of Minnesota and more than halt of them of the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, whose dissatisfaction with existing daily publications had deepened into the conviction that no true and fair representation of public sentiment is possible in newspapers owned, controlled and conducted as are the ordinary ordinary American newspapers today. That dissatisfaction and that conviction are widespread in the nation today. This fact has made simple and comparatively comparatively easy the promotion of the Daily Star, upon no platform and with no promises but of a conscientious effort to conduct ii newspaper which shall speak honest opinion and which shall handle the news fairlv. As to "'Class" Misrepresentation by the where it touched the interests working classes in the community, the most numerous groups of the real producers of the wealth that all enjoy. This mis representation has been directed those industrial exploiters who take untair advantage of the workers and of the consuming public, who together make their wealth possible. It has been directed also toward maintaining in power the political organizations which guard and protect exploitation and steal from all the people privileges to be con ferred on those who have not Those who are most conscious of these wrongs are those who have suffered the most keenlv from them. And it is from these groups that the Star's Their investment necessarily has been small in individual amount, but many together have achieved what a few could not have done. This character of support imposes upon the Daily Star unusual obligations; the obligation primarily to protect and to serve their interests so far as they can be served by truthful reporting of the news and by vigilant effort to seek out and to assist by publicity in the correction of political, industrial and social abuses. The knowledge of what groups principally were contribut ing toward the creation of the Daily Star has led to the criticism criticism by some that the Star was to be a "political" and a "class" newspaper. Such criticism, more plainly than any statement could, reveals the evils of the sedulous cultivation of an unhealthy public sentiment by existing publications. It shows that many persons are unconscious of the fact that almost without exception the existing lications of an extraordinarily and that all of them are political in their nature and effect Political policy, industrial policy, social policy shape their editorial editorial expression and tinge and corrupt their news columns. If the Star were to be in fact a class publication, it would at least have the surpassing merit that it would represent a class numerically larger, and a class whose interests stand in greater need of protection from nent public good than the numerically small, but financially powerful, class whose interests it is the chief care of the exist ing city press to conserve and advance: The control over the commercialized city press is a financial control, and financial control is riously irreconcilable with the broad public interest. But the Star is not to be a class publication, nor are its interests primarily political. They will extend .to every phase of human life and will be directed toward bettering conditions social, economic and moral where its influence can be used effectively as well as in the channels of political issues. But the Star WILL BE "political" in this sense that it does not despair of the improvement of political conditions and political institutions. It will stand for the improvement of political conditions and political institutions by political means. It will set itself steadily against violence. It will seek to promote promote those reforms most likely to avert the dangers of destructive destructive revolution. It will set itself to the task off combatting repression, persecution and exploitation, ichich in all history without exception have been the unfailing causes of destructive revolution and its ensuing chaos. It will not seek by lies to allay discontent where discontent is real and well founded; nor to gloss over and deny evils where genuine eils exist. Primarily a Newspaper These are considerations which fundamentally will shape the direction of editorial policy. But this does not mean that the Daily Star is going on a lone crusade against whatever exists that appears wrong. Its editors have no such magnified c idea of their own mission and importance. Primarily the Star is going to be a newspaper, a newspaper newspaper which endeavors to report the news accurately and to give those who have an interesting, pertinent and sincere opinion opinion to express, a chance to express it. In doing that it will want especially to open its columns to those whose point of view and whose argument or defense never has been presented fairly hitherto. It will have a consistent policy toward those with opinions which differ from its own. This policy will be to give those opinions respecuui neanng, 10 open us columns to a reasonable expression of those contrary opinions, and to meet them with fair argument if that seems necessary or advisable. What We Ask of You The Star will continue to ask from those who have aided in bringing it into existence their further co-operation co-operation co-operation and support. support. To others, it appeals only for a fair judgment. - This judgment, it seems to us, ought to be based, not upon the consideration consideration of whether you agree with the opinions of the Star or not, but on the question of whether a paper so established and existing for these purposes has or has not a legitimate field to fill and Yvhether its continued existence ought or ought not to be en. uraged. We sincerely believe that your judgment on this ' matter will, to a very great degree, be a test of what sort of citizer sow are. 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  1. The Minneapolis Star,
  2. 19 Aug 1920, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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