The Press: The Morgan Mess

"They should have 'wiped it up," said my uncle Toby, "and said no more about it."—Tristram Shandy.

U.S. journalism took a second look at its part in the Morgan affair (see INTERNATIONAL), and what it saw turned its face red—or should have. In quoting Lieut. General Sir Frederick Morgan about an organized Jewish "plot" (the press's word, not Morgan's) to smuggle the Jews out of Europe, the press had told some of the truth, but not the whole truth.

It had fanned the General's casual and candid remark into an inflammatory "attack," and the torch had been taken up by Jewish leaders who...

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