Tuesday, June 27, 2006

IKE and the media

In 1943, after a sucessful North African campaign and before the invasion of Sicily. The 'Greatest Generation of Reporters' did their level best to help the Allies win the war.

In order to stop speculation in the press which was helping the Axis, in 1943 General Eisenhower gave a press briefing confirming to the reporters in the American press that Sicily was the next target of allied invasion. He explained to them that if they printed it, it would result in the deaths of many American and allied soldiers. Not one reporter said a word, even to their superiors in the newsroom. The invasion of Sicily was a whirlwind success, capturing the island in less than forty days, and many papers were sold reporting the successes.



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