The Press: Caution

Those editors who were too lightheartedly interventionist have apparently begun to think twice. Six weeks ago interventionist sentiment in the press (measured by James S. Twohey Associates) reached an all-time high of 84%. Then war began to look imminent. The Greer was shot at, the Kearny was hit by a torpedo, U.S. destroyers were reported hunting U-boats and dropping depth charges. In five weeks' interventionist sentiment dropped to 64%.

Hitherto press sentiment for intervention has always risen after a speech by President Roosevelt. Not so last week. The President spoke ("The shooting has...

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