CHAPTER 20News and EditorialsSetting the Course

WORKING WITH MY SUCCESSORS as managing editor was satisfying but not always easy. They brought the Journal to new journalistic heights. Circulation grew. They were dedicated, good-hearted, congenial men, well liked by the staff. But I always was driven by a conviction the news coverage could be improved. And at times we had serious disagreements about the direction of the paper.

Paradoxically, working with the highly controversial editorial-page editors was easier. Their editorial positions drew sharp attacks, not only from some readers but, at times, from our own Washington Bureau members and from some Dow Jones directors. I spent far more time and energy defending them than disagreeing with them. ...

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