The Press: O'Donnell's $50,000

To John Parsons O'Donnell, Washington bureau chief of the anti-New Deal New York Daily News, a Philadelphia jury last week made one of the biggest libel awards of recent years: $50,000. Loser was the Philadelphia Record and its publisher, J. David Stern.

On April 16, 1941 Reporter O'Donnell sent his papers a dispatch which they printed next day and which said: "Charges that battlecraft of the Navy and Coast Guard are now giving armed escort to munition-laden British merchantmen leaving Atlantic ports exploded . . . tonight." Next day the strongly pro-New Deal Record...

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