Charles Moore and Dickey Chapelle

Wednesday, April 01, 1964

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Barrett McGurn opens the meeting with club news.

McGurn introduces Charles Moore as the first speaker by relating a story related to a misrepresentation of his work in Time Magazine, McGurn also mentions Moore's extensive work covering the Vietnam War. Moore speaks about the role of the press in Vietnam. He speaks of the April 1963 declaration by Arthur Sylvester, spokesman for Secretary of Defense McNamara that we had "turned a corner" in Vietnam and that the war would be won within a year.
Moore speaks about the performance of reporters in Vietnam, as well as the pressures they faced from the government. Moore leads the audience on an exercise, describing the stories that were not reported on.

McGurn then introduces Dickey Chapelle, he notes that she was a recipient of the OSPC award for gallantry. Chapelle describes covering the Cuban freedom fighters in Miami. She describes why there is no impartial eyewitness coverage from the Bay of Pigs invasion. She discusses her ethical code related to what a reporter should would do in the event that she knew too sensitive information that would place a mission at risk, but states that she was not even able to reach Cuba because the government decided to not allow any press to travel to the Bay of Pigs. She speaks of several unconstitutional actions on the part of the government against her and other reporters. She also speaks of the US government stopping freedom fighters by force.

She notes, and McGurn confirms that the OSPC exists to speak out when the press is prevented from supplying complete coverage of events.

Question and answers follow.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70906
Municipal archives id: T857


Dickey Chapelle, Barrett McGurn and Charles Moore


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