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with management. Management, after all, has the ultimate responsibility for the paper and has the ultimate prerogative of deciding these things.

In the case of the Mayoralty election last fall, where we took a rather unusual position, supporting the Mayor of one Party and the next two officers of the other Party, we simply reached this by mutual agreement and in discussion. And there is simply no other way to describe it. This wasn't imposed by anybody on anyone else; it was simply what we reached by discussion.


The Times supported Lefkowitz, is that right?


That's right. The Times supported Lefkowitz, and the next two important offices were Democrats, who we supported.

On the Presidential issue, the decision is in the last, and very last analysis, made by, and the responsibility is of course that of the publisher of the paper; he has the final prerogative, and that's the answer to the question.

If on any occasion there should be a difference of opinion between management, represented by the publisher, and editorial management, namely myself, I would, of course, have to yield on this. But I might say I would not, and I would not be expected, to write any editorials in favor of the management's decision. They would not want me to and I wouldn't do it. This is the policy that I alluded to before, that has characterized the Times for a great

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