Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Howard, Roy Wilson, 1883-1964; McCormick, Robert Rutherford, 1880-1955; Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, January 18, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

January 18, 1952

"Top Secret"

Every day I receive an envelope from the military establishment. It is of heavy "butcher" paper sealed with tape with another one of the same sort of paper inside it.

I open the outside envelope, which is about 8 x 10-I open the inside one and read-of all things-what I've already read in the Washington Post, the "sabotage sheet," the N.Y. Times, Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun and what I will see later in the snotty little "Howard" paper, the Washington News and the Star. The sabotage sheet is the Washington Times-Herald. It is Bertie McCormick's lie outlet in the capital city. His Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News are his lie outlets in those two great cities.

Roy Howard's chain and the Knight layout are Hearst imitators, but not quite up to the dirtiest Hearst technique. But they are coming along.

Old man Pulitzer set the goal in dirty journalistic "ethics" in the USA. His Post Dispatch in St. Louis and the New York World were examples in blackmail and dirty publicity that gave old man Hearst his guidepost. Bill went old Joe one better and became the all time low in blackmail and character assignation [sic] journalist approach. people seemed to like it.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is still a going piece of journalistic debauchery. So is the Kansas City Star, the Detroit News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and a number of other terrible sheets. And all these sheets, at one time were reputable newspapers!

The only thing that will save the Republic is the air and tellivision [sic] provided we do not let these same liars and blackmailers control that means of public communication too. They are doing what they can to obtain complete control.

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