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Embedding reporters into military actions may not work out well and which censors should the news media report their work? Stanley Johnston and the Chicago Tribune sure stirred up the naval censors, Washington bureaucrats, FDR, and more in 1942. Elliot Carson masterfully tells the story of all of the people associated with the case of Stanley Johnston's time aboard the USS Lexington through the Battle of the Coral Sea, arrival back to the states and connecting with the home office of the Chicago Tribune with the tale of the battle. Little did the senior editor understand that the navy had separate censors from the bureaucrats in DC and that editorial license would land the reporter, the editor, and newspaper, and everyone associated with the ships and code breakers in hot water.
The grand jury inquiry, FBI, navy, and other records are woven into this story so well that people should wonder why this little scandal is not known today. Epilogues to stories like this one are so much fun to hear.
Take a listen. One might see some comparisons with situations from more current news items that involve military or national security.