Thursday, June 23, 2005


CREDO: Joseph Pulitzer's platform for the Post-Dispatch

Adorning the top of the editorial page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are
the following words, written April 10, 1907, by Joseph Pulitzer, who
founded the newspaper on Dec. 12, 1878. He wrote:

"I know that my retirement will make no difference in its cardinal
principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never
tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties,
never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public
plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to
the public welfare, never be satisifed with merely printing news, always
be drasticall independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by
predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty."


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