Gender, Journalists and Access to the Administration: Anne O’Hare McCormick, Arthur Krock and Franklin D. Roosevelt

by Karen Dearlove

In a speech delivered at the National Republican Club in January 1935, Arthur Krock, a New York Times political columnist and chief of the Times’ Washington bureau accused the Roosevelt administration “of more ruthlessness, intelligence and subtlety in trying to suppress legitimate, unfavorable comment than any other I have known.” Two years later in the midst of Roosevelt’s battle to reform the Supreme Court, FDR approached Krock and granted hm an exclusive interview. The article presented Roosevelt’s justification for reform of the Supreme Court and denounced any plans for a third term.

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