bers of the committee appointed by the Zionist Organization of America to confer on certain matters of Zionist policy with Judge Brandeis, to make public the source of its information with regard to the story of the meeting held in Judge Brandeis’ home March 25th, and which appeared in “The Day” under the signature of M. Danzis the following day, has been answered by “The Day” with a statement that newspaper ethics forbids it from violating information given to it in confidence.
The controversy began when “The Day” published under a Washington date line, Mr. Danzis’ long and detailed story on the proceedings and the results of the meeting of the Zionist Committee with Judge Brandeis and certain members of the so-called “Brandeis-Mack group.”
Immediately after the publication of this story the Zionist Committee, which consisted of Dr. Nathan Ratnoff, Dr. James G. Heller, David Freiberger and Rabbi Israel Goldstein, and the committee of the Brandeis-Mack group, composed of Judge Julius W. Mack, Robert Szold and Jacob de Haas, issued a statement declaring “that the alleged report is largely the work of imagination.”
To this “The Day” retorted that it had obtained its information from a person who was present at the meeting in Washington and that the charge that the report was the work of imagination was not borne out because no indication was given as to just in what respects the report was true or untrue. Yesterday the Zionist Committee issued a statement challenging “The Day” to reveal its source of information and “The Day” countered with a statement that its information was confidential and that it would be a violation of journalistic ethics to reveal it.