The Press: Decency & Hysteria

"It Depends," mused a New York Sunday News headline, "on Who Says It":

In Washington, David E. Lilienthal said that he probably would not have been confirmed if the press had not been "overwhelmingly fair, decent, independent and above narrow partisanship."

In Oslo, Henry Wallace said that Americans had been called "hysterical" in their attitude toward Russia. He would be hysterical too, he said, "if I knew only what I read in the American press. I am not accusing them of deliberately publishing untruths, but the American press does engage in selective use of the truth that is the last word in propaganda."

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