William Loeb III published the Manchester Union Leader newspaper for thirty five years. That's not Manchester, England, home of some of the most famous sports teams in the world. It's Manchester, New Hampshire, not exactly a metropolis. And with a name that ends with a Roman numeral, he's clearly not Jewish. So why the hell is he getting a profile?
As the man in charge of that small city newspaper, Loeb wielded a disproportionate amount of power in New Hampshire. This was especially true around the state's early presidential primary. In fact, Loeb was given the credit for derailing Edmund Muskie's 1972 presidential bid when he published a lie claiming that Muskie hated Americans of French Canadian descent.
That still doesn't explain the profile. For that, we need to spell out Loeb's other famous contribution to questionable journalism. Back in 1950, to prove he wasn't Jewish, he published his baptismal certificate on the front page of his newspaper.
Why the hell indeed...