At 4 p. m. one hot day last week President Hoover kept his regular appointment with the Press. As correspondents encircled his desk, there was talk but no quotable news. Next morning, however, most metropolitan newspapers in the land ran almost identical front-page stories from Washington. It was the kind of dispatch President Hoover was glad to see in print, though nowhere was he personally mentioned. Knowing readers suspected White House inspiration, under the Hoover system of supplying correspondents with "background" which they are not privileged to attribute directly to the President....

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