The Press: The Press and the President

President Roosevelt has for the last several years regarded the press less as the main instrument of public information than as an annoying Paul Pry, a kind of powerful Peeping Tom, bent on general snoopery. He has kept reporters at bay whenever he could. U.S. reporters and photographers were left on shore when Mr. Roosevelt met Winston Churchill in mid-ocean to draft the Atlantic Charter (the British press was present). After the Casablanca Conference was all over, newsmen were herded sheeplike for a staged news conference at which no questions could be asked. Mindful of the need for military secrecy,...

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