Press: Order No. 1

In Washington last week the correspondents who cover the Treasury Department hit upon an item of news which made them wince. It was General Order No. 1 of Acting Secretary Morgenthau, to the effect that hereafter all Treasury news must come from him or a single press relations expert. The order meant that newsmen could no longer gossip, even anonymously, with subordinate Treasury officials who for years had given them many a friendly steer through the complexities of fiscal affairs. Largely because these informal and informative contacts had lately resulted in Treasury...