Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971; Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Presidential campaign, 1952; Presidential candidates; Newspapers

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, October 11, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Oct. 11, 1952

Had a grand reception and an enthusiastic meeting here yesterday. The kept press tried by every hook and crook to make it appear that the visit was not a success.

The morning and afternoon sheets which pose as newspapers are owned by the same outfit and controlled by anti administration interests. But they have no political influence.

In my state, the St. Louis Post Dispatch wobbles always. In 1932 that paper supported Roosevelt, in 1936 it was against him. In 1940 the P.D. was for Wilkie. In 1944 it was for Dewy because I was on the ticket. In 1944 it was for Dewey and in 1948 it was for Dewey, for the same reason. Now that character assassin sheet is on our side. It is no asset.

The Kansas City Star, St Joseph News Press, Joplin Globe, Springfield News and the Southeast Missourian.


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