Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Howard, Roy Wilson, 1883-1964; Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951; Truman, Margaret (Mary Margaret), 1924-2008; McCormick, Robert Rutherford, 1880-1955
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, August 21, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

August 21, 1952

Margie has been to Sweden. I wish she hadn't gone there. When she was in Berlin reporters began to send messages to Sweden about her S.S. guards.

When she arrived the Swedish sabotage press created an incident. I was surprised to learn that the Swedish "free press" is just as discourteous, irresponsible and untruthful as our own publisher's press. Our press is controlled by Bertie McCormick, a moron; the anemic Roy Howard whose snotty little sheet in Washington is among the worst and the Hearst Papers. The Hearst papers reflect the morals and ethics of William Randolph Hearst. He had no morals and no ethics. Someday a historian will come along who will tell the truth about Mr. Hearst and won't that be something!

Well the Swedes decided that they had been wrong. The "old man" wouldn't comment.

There are certain decent publications in this country and in Sweden. They published the truth. But the 87% opposition to Margie's dad never did and, of course, never will tell the truth! And they rave about ethics and honesty. The definitions of those two words are not in the dictionaries on the desks of the editors of the so called "free press."

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