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Page One 'Detroit Free Press' Editorial Urges Auto Bailout

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Page One 'Detroit Free Press' Editorial Urges Auto Bailout

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In a rare move, the Detroit Free Press, which has been editorializing strongly for weeks in favor of a bailout for the three major auto companies, devoted its entire front page Friday to an editorial urging congress to approve a bailout.

In the form of a letter headlined, "DEAR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS," the Gannett Co. paper told Washington legislators, "You don't want an economic disaster on your hands. Not when you could have prevented it. And not in times that are already the worst in a generation.

"But that's exactly what you'll have -- and more -- if one of the three Detroit automakers goes belly-up for lack of a government-backed loan," the editorial continued. "There will be economic hell to pay -- not just in Detroit, but all across America, including in your state, in your district."

An image of the Page One can be found at:

http://media.freep.com/documents/freep12052008/index.htm

In addition, Editor Paul Anger wrote a front-page note to readers explaining the unusual decision, adding that copies of the paper are also being circulated in Washington, D. …

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