A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 25, 1963

The more you can hammer against the tendency of the press to exaggerate simple facts and "dress up" essentially unimportant news, the more you will receive applause. It will take courage to laugh at the press of the United States, but I think that you will gain readers by doing so occasionally in a perfectly good-natured way.

SO wrote Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter to Editor Henry R. Luce, 40 years ago when TIME itself was but a few months old.

We've sometimes had occasion to laugh at some of the press some of the time—"in a perfectly good-natured way"—but to laugh...

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