The Press: Amateur Insulters

New York Daily News Columnist John O'Donnell, who likes to remind readers that he was called a liar by Franklin D. Roosevelt, last week announced that he had made President Truman's list too. O'Donnell found out about his nomination from South Carolina's Governor

James F. Byrnes, who put the blast on Harry Truman in an article in Collier's last week. Byrnes had wanted to include a letter from the President attacking columnists, reported O'Donnell, but Collier's was afraid the columnists might sue for libel. So O'Donnell obligingly printed the letter himself.

Wrote President Truman: "I never read or listen to Walter Winchell, Westbrook...

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