National Affairs: Rumortism

If the President of the U.S. develops a slight cold, a few sensation-hungry newsmen usually mix the germs with rumors and conclude that it is something far worse. Dwight Eisenhower has had his share of the usual plague of rumors. Before he got the Republican nomination last year, the whisper (planted by his political enemies) went out that he had heart trouble. A slight touch of food poisoning last spring was quickly diagnosed by the dopesters as a stomach ulcer. When he bruised his elbow last August, the story soon got around that Ike was showing signs of falling apart.

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