How We Advertised America [George Creel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This Is A New Release Of The Original Edition. How we advertised America; the first telling of the amazing story of the Committee on the gospel of Americanism to every corner of the globe, by George Creel. From George Creel, How We Advertised America (Macmillan, ), pp. [ Journalist George Creel, who oversaw the Committee on Public Information during.

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I wrote a letter to Mr. Even to-day, when the war is a thing of the past, can it be said that the card contained a word or a phrase to which any decent American could take objection?

How we advertised America

The I investigated the wake of the amerca without further discovery. Under the provisions of our Constitution a member of Congress cannot be held to account for any utterance on the floor of the Senate or House.

What had to be driven home was that all business was the nation’s business, and every task a common task for a single purpose. While it certainly has never been advertisde policy of any of the European press bureaus to accomplish this result, the internal censorship has hoe worked out this way. One had a right to hope that the criticism would be honest, just, and constructive, but even a blackguard’s voice was preferable to the dead silence of an iron suppression.

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The condition was ideal for a submarine attack. Pou, chairman of the House Rules Committee: We were fighting for ideas and advertsied, and somebody who realized that, and knew it, had to say it and keep on saying it until it was believed.

The trial of strength was not teorge between massed bodies of armed men, but between op- posed ideals, and moral verdicts took on all the value of military decisions. No one knows who starts a rumor, but there is a responsible editor behind every printed word. A total of 1, drawings was used. Deeds, the officer in virtual charge of air- craft production at the time. Submarine-warfare news is a case in point. Terry gerge it it was amazing May 14, He felt that his despatch would not be published, and it seems to me that, if he was justified in his belief, his superiors in London have put him in a very embarrassing position.


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As a result the Associated Press sent out a “kill,” but with such a start the story could not be caught. That the information contained in this wire was substantially as given in OpNav.

This division also conceived the idea of the “permit system,” that opened up our military and naval activities to civilian camera men, and operated it successfully. Over two hundred thousand of the latter were issued at cost.

All that was fine and ardent in the civilian population came at our call until more than one hundred and fifty thousand men and women were devoting highly specialized abilities to the work of the Committee, as faithful and devoted in their service as through they wore the khaki. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? You cannot make me believe that George Creel can send that out broadcast without it costing the govern- ment addvertised money.

If, after having all of these facts before you, you think rocking the boat will help the cause, rock’ 9 That is what the Committee on Public Information did, and it required a stroke of genius perhaps not a stroke of genius, but something better than genius to see that it required faith in democracy, it required faith in the fact; for it is a fact that our demo- cratic institutions over here would enable us to deal with information safely; that, as Mr.

Troop-trains moved, transports sailed, ships arrived and departed, in- ventions were protected, and military plans advanced, all behind a wall of concealment built upon the honor of the press and the faith of the individual editor. When I entered the office of Secretary Daniels ew response to a summons, tears were in his eyes, and his first words were, “What a Fourth-of-July present for the people!

But it did not stop there. The E went to quar- ters. America got his information were aware of the fact that the Secretary had given out a statement. Some thirty-odd booklets, covering every phase of America’s ideals, purposes, and aims, were printed in many languages other than English. Published January 10th by Kessinger Publishing first published A voluntary censorship agreement safeguarded military information of obvious value to the enemy, but in all else the rights of the press were recognized and furthered.


The motive for the establishment of this internal censorship is not merely fear of petty criticism, but distrust of democratic common sense. The bill, brought again into consideration, was defeated decisively and finally. These figures might well be put in bronze to stand as an enduring monument to the sacrifice and devotion of the one hundred and fifty thousand men and women who were responsible for the results.

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The Committee on Public Information was called into existence to make this fight for the “verdict of mankind,” the voice created to plead the justice of America’s cause before the jury of Public Opinion. Jabriel marked it as to-read Jun 14, A second attack was launched a few days later against another contingent.

Nothing that is said about any other part of it ought to be permitted to take away from these splendid soldiers in their hour of triumph any part of the imperish- able glory which they have brought to themselves and to the nation which they have served. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

This condition of chaos endured for weeks for it was not until August 21st that the President found power to turn the records of the Committee over to the Council of National Defense and it is only to-day that a final accounting to the people is able to be made.

Our investigation instantly proved the utter falsity of the whole rigmarole.

The trial of strength was not only between massed bodies of armed men, but between opposed ideals, and moral verdicts took on all the value of military decisions.