Americans are kept ignorant of essential facts. England controls news as in last war. German broadcasts come with semblance of freedom, for Chamberlain reiterates "Hitler is England's best propagandist".
British journalists, C. S. Kent, managing editor of the London Times, Lord Beaverbrook ( Max Aitken) in editorial, bankers and White House conferences have done the work Lord Northcliffe did in 1916 to bring the American press to the support of the Empire.
Writers and commentators can sell only what editors believe will feed popular prejudices. Gunther tactfully lets out that this is a war for power. There is no periodical that will print factual observations of unprejudiced travelers. No impartial investigation or report on European affairs is available to the American public.(1)
Books previously mentioned in these Bulletins have been eagerly ordered and read. Of these additional recent books, Rogerson, Abshagen, some others, are, or may be suppressed. "Prohibition against statements or writing 'false or otherwise' which may cause disaffection" or "prejudice recruiting" is provided in the bill which passed the House last May and now awaits Senate action (cf Bul #8). The penalty is 2 years in the U.S., Canada 5 years, England 10 years, in France the guillotine. In Canada, "Mounties" raided a "home in Toronto and made five arrests under the new clause" ( Nation, October 28, 1939).
Has Improved British Propaganda Technique Affected Our Opinions? " Propaganda in the Next War", by Capt. Sidney Rogerson ( Geoffrey Bles, London, 1938), reveals plans by which America is to be brought into next war. (Reprint from Congressional Record on request.) The secret Vansittart organization and technique are not mentioned.
" Propaganda for War: The Campaign Against American Neutrality, 1914-17", by H. C. Peterson ( University of Oklahoma Press, 1939),