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How the Spokesman caught hell

Harry Truman out west

Harry Truman riding west

Political historians – this is directed toward those of us – will get a kick out of a piece in the Spokesman-Review, about the history of a remark: The comment by President Harry Truman that that newspaper was, along with the Chicago Tribune, one of the “two worst” newspapers in the United States.

It sounds like an apocryphal comment, something drummed up in the regional lore – maybe dreamed up.

But the Spokesman piece by Jim Kershner has the details, describing exactly how that comment came to happen, and how it almost backfired badly on a then-new Washington senator named Warren Magnuson. And how it was a banner the paper wore proudly for years, and how other regional papers rose to defend it – with at least one notable exception . . .

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