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This may sound a little self-serving and all that, but I honestly believe that our editorial page is not of that type. I honestly believe that our editorial page really does say something and says something every day and really does take points of view and really isn't afraid of making people mad or of disagreeing with authority or the establishment or with popularly held opinions whether it's on a question as technical as tax reform or emotional as China. I do think that this kind of page really is read, it really is considered and, therefore, I am really not afraid of or worried by Scotty's competition. I enjoy it in the sense that he writes a swell column which I think is very, very good, and insofar as that's concerned, makes people turn to the editorial page, and that's fine. The more people who read him the better, and I think that this helps to create a market of ideas on the editorial page. There may even be people who read the editorials and then turn to Scotty after reading the editorials. I don't consider it really competition; I consider that this is an additional expression of opinion, which, incidentally, isn't always the same as the editorials. There's no correlation between us, none whatsoever, although it just so happens that his view and my view, the editorial view, almost always are very similar, which is not at all the case in respect to our other political columnist, Krock, where very frequently the opinions expressed have been diametrically opposite, on the same day, and, incidentally, entirely by accident and never by design, because I have nothing whatsoever to do with the column, either Scotty's or [Arthur] Krock's or [Cyrus L.] Sulzberger's, and whatever they say on any given day goes into their column without any correlation with the editorial columns for which I'm responsible. It's purely coincidental. If we talk on the same subject, it's purely coincidental.

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