6.24.2006

1944: NY Times and LA Times Publish Details of Normandie Invasion, D-Day Plans Scrapped

(1944, NYC) The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times today printed details of the Allies military plan to "liberate" Europe. Newspaper sources describe a hectic night, with President Roosevelt personally begging the papers to withhold the story. However, the newspapers claimed that the government's use of "deception and propaganda" made the story one of public concern. The newspapers are expected to win the Pulitzer Prize for the revelations, after winning several Pulitzers for publishing details about the Enigma code-breaking in 1942. Journalists dismissed the notion that they have any responsibility to America, American soldiers, or the Allied war effort, calling themselves citzens of the world.