Monday, October 26, 2009

Did you hear about the time ...

... FDR brought an Iron Cross to a press conference to bestow on (an absent) John O'Donnell of the New York Daily News?

The incident did not stop there. When O'Donnell returned from the war in 1945 and along with another Patterson-McCormick correspondent asked for credentials to attend White House press conferences, the president said no because of "their isolationist, anti-British, anti-Russian pens." The response became public when the Philadelphia Record reported that Steve Early threatened resignation before Roosevelt finally yielded.

(Press-v.-White House hijinx provided, again, by Betty Winfield, "FDR and the News Media.")


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