The Sorrows of Elmer Davis

Cowley, Malcolm
May 1943
New Republic;5/3/43, Vol. 108 Issue 18, p591
Focuses on the challenges faced by Elmer Davis, an American radio commentator, as a director of the U.S. Office of War Information (OWI). Difficulties faced by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in persuading Davis for the post; Arrangement which would have Archibald MacLeish formulate policies for the Domestic Branch of the OWI; Contention of Davis regarding the responsibility for the administrative acts of subordinates whom he would not have hired, and for policies which he may never have approved; Submission of resignation by fifteen of his employees including the former head of the Graphics Division and almost the entire staff of the Writers' Division; Reports issued by the OWI related to food supply and rubber.


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