Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986; Collins, J. Lawton (Joseph Lawton), 1896-1987; Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959; Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971; Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981; Attlee, C. R. (Clement Richard), 1883-1967.
Korean War, 1950-1953; Journalists; Reporters and reporting; Newspapers; Cabinet officers

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, December 3, 1950. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Dec. 3, 1950

I slept an hour later this A.M. Arose at 6:30 instead of 5:30. Read all the papers, news, editorials and even some of the liars (columnists). Looked over the financial reports as they affect government bonds because there is financing to do.

Read the book reviews and tried to weigh the news reports from front with my own inside information. When newspapers stick to news and advertising they are excellent public servants. When editorialize and let liars write editorials for them they are prostitutes of the public mind.

I finally became impatient and called Dean Atchison. He said that he, Gen. Marshall, Gen. Bradley and Mr. Harriman would be right over. They had been in conference all morning with the Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of Army, Navy and Air and others. Gen. Collins had been delayed on his way to Tokyo and could not report from there until later.

We discussed the situation and Prime Minister Attlee's visit for two hours. No decisions are yet. Wrote a speech this P.M.

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