After the United States and Nazi Germany went to war, the Nazi government allowed one American correspondent to remain in Germany: Guido Enderis of The New York Times. It wasn’t happenstance. Throughout the 1930s, Enderis helped steer Times coverage to play down Jewish persecution and play up Germany’s peaceful intentions. He kowtowed to Nazi officials, wrote stories presenting solely the Nazi point of view, and reined in other Times reporters whose criticism he thought went too far. It got so bad that another reporter complained to the Times’ publisher: “Isn’t it about time that The New York Times did something about its Nazi correspondent?” But it didn’t. The lecture explores Enderis’ role at The Times and explains why The Times had a Nazi sympathizer as its Berlin bureau chief.
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