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The Generations of Economic Journalism

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When I compared Robert Bartley to Walter Lippmann the other day as having been the most influential economic journalist of his age, I soon realized that hardly anyone knew what I was talking about.  Bartley (1937-2003) for thirty years had been editor of the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. Many people remember him and sense his influence in the present day. But Lippmann? Born in 1889, he wrote a widely syndicated newspaper column between 1931 and 1967, and died in 1974.  Ronald Steel’s celebrated biography Walter Lippmann and the American Century (Little Brown, 1980) won a National Book