Graham, Philip L., 1915-1963; Meyer, Eugene, 1875-1959
Executive advisory bodies; Administrative agencies; Cabinet officers; Newspapers
Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman with Newspaper Clipping, December 1, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.
Dec. 1 '52
Here is another deliberate attempt to make an accomplished fact look as if it had failed.
The office of the President was set up by me so that I received information directly from every department and independent agency. The paragraph in the attached editorial space marked in red is a falsification-to put it mildly. One of my first jobs as President was to arrange for a direct contact with the heads of agencies not represented in the Cabinet.
Securities, and Exchange, R.F.C., Federal Reserve Board, Federal Trade Commission, Civil Aeronautics, Federal Power Commission, Federal Communication Commission and others were in constant communication with me on policy-not details.
Undersecretaries, asst. secretaries and heads of bureaus in the Departments were able to see me any time on any subject. I appointed Eugene Meyer head of the International Bank-he was a complete flop. He bought the Washington Post made his son-in-law Graham editor and has since worked off his inferiority complex through his big wife and relatives on the Post payroll. This editorial is a sample.
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