Scandal in Newsprint

Lurie, J. Z; Hyman, S. E.
August 1943
New Republic;8/2/43, Vol. 109 Issue 5, p133
Presents information on a scandal in newsprint industry. Establishment of a Newspaper Industry Advisory Committee, comprising of publishers, managing editors and general managers of major papers all around the U.S.; Issuance of the Printing and Publishing General Limitation Order L-240, by the War Production Board (WPB); Order restricting newspapers to 100 percent of their newsprint use of 1941, which would have been a cut of about 10 percent of 1942 figures; Influence of the shortage of pulp on the newsprint cuts; Recommendation by the Newspaper Industry Advisory Committee for curtailments running upto five percent of 1941's consumption for the largest papers; Impact of these cuts on circulations of small and medium dailies; Opinion of Republicans and a few reactionary Democrats that the newsprint cut was an elaborate attempt to destroy press; Investigation into the newsprint curtailment; Allegations on WPB for deliberately imposing the curtailments for purposes of censorship; Suggestions of curtailing the advertisers space to reduce wastage of paper.


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