People: Lying Bastard

In Mexico City, U.S. Ambassador William O'Dwyer acted out a memorable exhibition of how an ambassador should not act. He set the scene early in the morning by having a clerk telephone every U.S. correspondent in the capital, urging them to come to the embassy for a "very important" press conference.

The reporters arrived on the run. Among them was United Press Bureau Chief Robert Prescott, whose latest story was an interview with O'Dwyer and some of his friends on the ambassador's future plans. Prescott wrote that O'Dwyer was torn between returning to New...

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