The spreading of Nazi propaganda as adduced from the testimony received during last week’s Congressional hearings has brought in the current issue of Editor and Publisher a scathing editorial denouncing the imposition put upon American public opinion. The weekly, in another editorial, also attacks the criticism which Hitler and Goebbels have heaped upon foreign correspondents for the manner in which they reported the “Second Revolution.”
The presentation of testimony before the propaganda investigating committee was “a spectacle calculated to make American blood boil,” declares the leading editorial of the weekly. The magazine believes that the situation calls for a showdown and the whole system of foreign propaganda in the United States deserves an airing. Propaganda of this sort does not get very far in this country, but nevertheless it is an imposition on the reading public and a gross insult to the Institutions of this nation, the editorial says.
WANTS FURTHER INVESTIGATION
“It is well, concludes the editorial, “that the Nazi propagandists are being brought on the carpet to answer the American government and we hope this investigation will be broadened to include all known efforts by foreign governments or their agents to play fast and loose with American public opinion. Let the probe go as deep as it will.”
Commenting on criticism of foreign correspondents by the Nazi government, an editorial entitled “Covering Up” declares that “The censorship that has destroyed the public usefulness of the press is well greased now for Hitler and all he stands for, and naturally Dr. Goebbels would extend it to the rest of the world, especially to England and the United States. He has the power to expel correspondents he cannot master. He is at liberty to run his bluff out. We dare say that the American press will find a way to tell American readers what is happening.”