No one had foreseen what a great power for good and evil the Press might become; there were a certain number of correspondents ear-marked for active service, but the idea of accredited correspondents did not appeal to Lord Kitchener. When the clouds of war began to gather, editors of newspapers proceeded to scatter their correspondents on the continent, and it was not till Mr Hamilton Fyfe sent his sensational despatch that the War Ofiice woke up and saw the importance of doing something. General Swinton was appointed as chief eyewitness and proceeded to France. Now in my opinion the 'eyewitness' system is absolutely wrong. The public is very loath to swallow 'peptonised dope,' and, moreover, reporting for newspapers is an art like any other, with a technique which has to be acquired by years of practice. The system was short-lived and failed through no fault of the excellent officers who did the work; they had no cabling facilitites, and General Swinton himself has informed me that his despatches were censored by several Generals.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Neville Stephen Lytton
Published Date - September 02 2019
ISBN - 9780265785515
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Page Count - 287
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