Friday, October 9, 2020

A foolish idea long departed..................

       One day in 1933, Arthur Krock, the Washington correspondent of The New York Times, met Huey Long coming out of the Senate.  Huey stopped Krock and said that he could not understand the paper's treatment of him:  it opposed him editorially but carried lengthy accounts of his speeches.  "Why do you print what I say?" he demanded.  "We have this foolish idea that the news columns should be honest," Krock explained, "and since you make news, we print it."  The Kingfish seemed dumbfounded.  "Godddamn it! I wouldn't run a newspaper that way if I owned one," he said.

-T. Harry Williams, Huey Long

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