After Due Consideration

The Army ruled last week that Franklin Roosevelt's Bremerton speech (TIME, Aug. 21), was a political address, and forthwith granted a Socialist Party request for equal radio time to speak to the soldiers overseas. Six hours later the War Department reversed the decision, in a statement that sounded as if heads had rolled all over the Pentagon Building. On thinking it over, the Department now held that the President's broadcast was a "nonpolitical report."

Norman Thomas, Socialist candidate for President, immediately made the charge: "Troops overseas will have little chance to hear...

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