The Press: The Pearl Harbor Story

In the Senate caucus room, clouds of tobacco smoke curled up through the hard glare of the Klieg lights, staining the air blue. The 100 newspapermen, jammed shoulder-to-shoulder at press tables that boxed the witnesses in on three sides, like a symphony orchestra around its conductor, scribbled amid a litter of handouts, maps, yellow copy paper, overflowing ashtrays. Under the tables their shifting feet smudged their piled-up coats and hats. Off to one side were 18 radio reporters sitting along the wall; behind them were the newsreel boys, their cameras whirring monotonously.

Over four crowded wires from the Sen ate Office Building,...

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