True, indeed. The only difference is that, 50 or so years ago, the Chicago Tribune didn't even try to hide the fact that it was a Democratic outlet. Nor, for that matter, did the Chicago Sun-Times worry whether or not people knew its Republican bent. As in other cities around the country, it was commonly known that some papers leaned one way and the rest went the other way. Bias wasn't considered an evil, if you understood which paper was which. Only recently did "fair and balanced" coverage become a virtue.