The Press: The Test of 1940

In the campaign of 1940 Franklin Roosevelt, Harvard-bred, did not rant as Huey Long once did about the "lyin' newspapers." He sometimes used a phrase which to him meant virtually the same thing: "the Tory press." Bitter New Dealers like Harold Ickes had often harangued at "kept newspapers and kept commentators." Democratic Chairman Edward J. Flynn talked about "dictatorship [of the press] ... by the financial interests" (TIME, Oct. 28).

That this enmity between press and government worked both ways was proved last fortnight when Editor & Publisher gave out results of its final campaign survey of newspaper sentiment. Editor & Publisher...

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