Is it this one?:
Cinema Journal Winter 1987
Fiery Speech in a World of Shadows: Rosebud's Impact on Early Audiences, 3-26
Robin Bates, Scott Bates
Abstract: Although many critics no longer take it seriously, the Rosebud search in "Citizen Kane" provided a means for liberal male viewers in 1941 to confront and come to terms with their major political, aesthetic, and psychological anxieties. To reconstruct "Citizen Kane's" initial reception is to increase our admiration for this complexity.