The Press: Passion v. Reason

While U. S. correspondents in Europe's capitals were wondering how to get news back to their papers (see col. 3), at home their editors were pondering how to play what news they got. Two conflicting impulses made the U. S. press sound like a man arguing with himself. One was a voice of passion urging him to show his indignation over Führer Hitler's aggression. The other was a voice of reason counseling detachment to keep the U. S. out of war.

In most news columns passion triumphed, while reason sat patiently wagging a finger...

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