The daily reporter. (McMinnville, Or.) 1886-1887, September 01, 1886, Image 1

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The DaUy Reporter,
McMinnville, Oregon, - Sept. 1, 1886
President Cleveland did himself lit­
tle credit in inditing the rather ill-tem­
pered letter recently sent by him to
editor Jones of the Florida Times
Union. Especially is it unworthy
the incumbent of so exalted a position
as he occupies to make the broad
charge that the , newspapers gen­
erally are guilty of indulgence, to
quote his own words, in “ utter and
complete recklessness and falsifica­
tion.” Directly the reverse of this is
true, and conspicuously true. Not
only are the newspapers of the Uni­
ted States not open to this charge, but,
as a rule they are studious, and under
the condition surrounding their occu­
pation, remarkably successful, in fol­
lowing exactly the opposite course.
The fact is, that no class of persons
aie more conscientious and assiduous
in their endeavors to be fair and just
in all the relations of life than are the
conductors of the larger portion of
the American press. Every considera­
tion entering into the pursuit of their
calling prompts this course. Laying
aside pride of profession, self-respect,
and the desire to be thought well of by
their fellowmen, they could not afford,
as a mere matter of business policy, to
deliberately and habitually mislead
their readers, any more than a mer­
chant could expect to succeed by
always imposing upon his custom
ers damaged and dangerous goods.
Editors are, however, neither omnis­
cient, omnipresent nor omnipotent,
and they are therefore liable to be de­
ceived by officials or mislead and im­
posed upon by some of those upon
whom they are compelled to rely, just
as other men are, in spite of all pos
sihle precautions; but as a rule thej
are keenly alive to the proprieties and
responsibilities of their profession, anc
when they are led into error, from any
cause, they are quick to repair any
wrong done, and they regret both the
error and its consequences far more
than any one else possibly can. Mr.
Cleveland’s experience with the press
may not always have been to his lik­
ing ; that of men in public life is, be­
cause few men are infallible; and it
is doubtless true that he has had some
special cause for irritation; but his
account with the newspapers of the
country is by no means confined to
one side of the ledger. If he has been
unfairly dealt with, and even inde­
cently assailed, in some quarters, he
has been most chivalrously treated and
valiantly championed in others, where
he had no other claim than that for
common fairness and justice, and on
the whole in his relations with the
press he has much more to be grate­
ful for than he has to complain of.
It cannot be denied that here and there
sensational or malicious correspond­
ents give currency to highly colored or
wholly false reports, and it may be
possible that in some instances this
course is instigated or encouraged by
those employing them ; but, admitting
this much, and still the President has
no warrant for making the coarse and
sweeping charge he does against the
press. With equal justice might the
legal profession, to which Mr. Cleve­
land belongs, be branded as a confra­
ternity of strife-breeders and scoun­
drels, because a few shyBters may be
M c M innville
Business College,
Cor. 3d and C Streets,
Will open Ootober 18, 1886. Attention is
respeotfully invited to this
Ita facilities for thorough practical instrno­
tion; actual business department a specialty
where ourrency, bank check, drafts, etc., are
used. Class, or private instruction day or
evening. College Journal sent free on ap­
C. F. H oughton , Prin.
P. O. Box 101.
C. J. P avne , Seo.
tory, Academic, Normal and Colle­
giate, will Open September 1, 1886.
"the Second Term Opens Nov. 10th, 1886.
The Third
Jan. 19th, 1887.
The Fourth “
Mar. 30th, 1887.
Heated by Furnace, at Low
Hutes, in tlie College-
Board in the building at *2.75
per week.
FHO1H ts.oo to
ll lUVA *10.00 FEB TKHNI.
Boarding and lodging, in private families,
for ladies, at from $3.00 to $4.00 per week.
By forming clubs, students may secure
board at $1.00 to $1.50 per week.
For Catalogues, call on or address:
Or, P bof . W. J. C bawfobd ,
McMinnvillo. Oregon.
Oregon State University.
First term begins September 13, 1886. Se­
cure fre$> scholarships by applying to your
County Superintendent.
Board and lodging, per week $3 to $5.
Elementary English Department.......$30 (C
Other Departments............................... 40 00
Write postal for catalogue, with full par­
ticulars, to
Secretary Fnculty,
Eugene City, Oregon.
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