seemed overblown and self-serving, but it is significant that he felt he owed the public any explanations. Owners rarely explained their motivations to the public, assuming that ownership gave them the right to pursue any editorial policies of their choosing. His close relationship with Hoover would have colored the Union's editorial perspective had Allen continued his tutelage, but the fact that he was self-conscious over any possible bias is a clear indication of how newspapers were changing. Significantly, as has been mentioned, Hoover seemed to be the kind of man who would appeal to this type of emerging professional journalist. He had come to politics at a time when his kind was viewed favorably by journalists and the public. He was a man free from party machinery and even disdainful of it.