‘A powerful and interesting directive on how to present the news’ (1941)

“Where we write a so-called dope story involving our own speculative opinions we will say frankly that these are speculative opinions, not verified.”

From 1941: A Managerial Directive on How to Report War News

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  1. Eric Fettmann said:

    Of course, PM did not exactly live up to this directive. It was constantly full of speculative opinions presented as facts.

  2. A better one came from the head of BBC News after the war started: “Well, fellows, now that war’s come, your job is to tell the truth. And if you aren’t sure it’s the truth, don’t say it.”