Esther 10:2 says:

הֲלוֹא-הֵם כְּתוּבִים, עַל-סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים, לְמַלְכֵי מָדַי
Behold, they are written in the book of chronicles of the kings of the media.

Who were the kings (=editors) of the newspapers in Shushan? What were the names of their newspapers? What positions did they lean towards on various political issues?

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    Yay!! It's time! :) – Seth J Feb 10 '13 at 2:02
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    Didn't you mean to say "the kings of Media and Press" ? – HodofHod Feb 10 '13 at 3:55
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    Well obviously Mordechai was Ish Yemini, a right-winger – Shalom Feb 11 '13 at 14:03
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    @SethJ, you mean Time? – msh210 Feb 11 '13 at 18:57
  • @Shalom Interesting that we both came to the same conclusion: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/25652/… – b a Feb 12 '13 at 1:27

We know Shushan was a walled city. Therefore, it's not unreasonable to say that their newspaper was the Wall Street Journal.

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    וירכבהו ברחוב העיר we see the city had a street too! – Double AA Feb 11 '13 at 5:26

One might have been the Utne Reader. See the Targum on Esther (8:8): "And Utne, hurry, write about the Jews whatever you want in the name of the king."

ואתן סרהיבו כתובו בגין יהודאין כד שפיר בעיניכון בשום מימרא דמלכא

Not an unusual standard for journalists, historically speaking.

Another possibility is Horse & Rider (ibid. 8:10): "And he sent magazines by those who hurry on horses."


It seems clear that the head of the media empire in Shushan was none other than Shetar, whose name clearly derives from the word for a document.

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