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Monday, June 12, 2006

Do You Know Which New York Reporter Covered FDR and Wrote Speeches for Him?

Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post has the answer in his column today focusing on Tony Snow's hiring as spokesman for President Bush and the media practices of past presidents:

"One member of the press corps became an active collaborator when Roosevelt was running for office. After Ernest Lindley, then with The New York Herald Tribune, and other reporters told the candidate that his speeches were unfocused, Roosevelt said: 'Well, if you fellows think my speeches are so bad, why don't you write one for me?' Lindley did, arguing for what would become the New Deal."

Go here for the rest of the Kurtz column, which as always is well-worth reading.