The Press: Threat Executed

Threat Executed

Almost a decade ago the Chicago Tribune, self-styled "World's Greatest Newspaper," ordered its correspondent in Moscow to present the following ultimatum to Soviet Foreign Minister Georg Tchitcherin: "You must abandon your censorship and guarantee freedom of expression, otherwise our correspondent will be withdrawn and so will the correspondents of other American newspapers, so that Russia will find herself without means of communication with the outer world." The rage into which Comrade Tchitcherin flew when he read these words was towering, to say the least. "The newspaper speaks to me,"...

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