The Press: The Press, Aug. 9, 1943

Opportunity Lost

OWI's propagandists couldn't wait to get on the air with the news: Mussolini has fallen. They wanted to make a point: "The essential nature of the Fascist regime has not changed."

Looking around for U.S. reaction, OWI grabbed a column by the New York Post's Samuel Grafton, who wrote: "The moronic Fttle king who has stood behind Mussolini's shoulder for 21 years has moved forward one pace." OWI added an epithet of its own: "Marshal Badoglio, a high-ranking Fascist, has been named successor." It also quoted one John Durfee, described as "the...

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