It is rare indeed when a reporter from a newspaper with an international reputation steps into a small-town business and announces he’s there to do a story about its operations. But what is written can be disappointing, even regretful to the business that is the subject for the story.
It happened to Modern Auto Co. of Washington, one of the oldest automobile dealerships in this area. The reporter was Eli Saslow of The Washington (D.C.) Post. The story ran recently under headlines of “View From Washington, Mo.” and in larger type, “On the Showroom Floor, Trying to Create a Recovery.” It was in A section and undoubtedly read by hundreds of thousands of people.
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