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Memorandum for General Surles
December 7, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I noticed in the New York Times a rather lengthy criticism of the fact that all news items out of Africa come from British sources; that stories were delayed seven days after being submitted for transmission, with the implication that British stories were not similarly delayed—I may be wrong about this last; that action must be taken to correct this situation.
There must be some simple explanation of the present procedure and if so it should be given to the Press. I cannot believe that General Eisenhower has permitted an unnecessary British control of Press transmissions. The article implied that the British controlled all the lines of communication out of Algiers. As I understand it the lines of communication merely head in to London into the United States and there is a transfer involved there.
Whatever the trouble is see if you can’t straighten it out because it is unfortunate to be building up anti-British prejudices, certainly if without foundation for the basis of criticism.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. For Marshall’s comments on this subject to Eisenhower, see Marshall to Eisenhower, December 8, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-446 [3: 479].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 474.