The Press: Crystal Gazing

Predictions, 1942. Many a forecast for 1942 turned out poorly. Columnist Raymond Clapper thought the U.S. East Coast would be token-bombed, that the Nazis would loose poison gas on England. Columnist George Fielding Eliot wrote that Japs would be "swiftly and decisively beaten." Newscaster Raymond Gram Swing predicted Hitler would either retire or be ousted by the German Army. Author Fletcher Pratt said only a miracle could save Russia "from utter defeat." Foreign Correspondent John T. Whitaker limb-climbed with a flat forecast that the Nazis would invade Spain and Portugal in the spring. Ex-CBS Berlin Newscaster Harry Flannery agreed with him,...

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