November 11, 1945

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

The WNYC announcer introduces Mayor La Guardia on "this 89th day of a new world."

"Peace and Democracy." Discusses a free press and a truthful press. He singles out The New York Journal American as 'the lying press.' Talks of editors hiding behind a masthead. Everyone should interfere with the lying press which often misleads with headlines. This is not a free press. We need to be reeducated about a free press.

Do straw polls service a useful purpose? They have a certain amount of influence. Not sure if it is good or bad. Like headlines there is always the temptation to misuse them. Cites The Daily News in the last campaign. October 30, 1945 in the Journal American - another case of the lying press. Singles out the editor Paul Schoenstein for lying about the use of police. Park Central Hotel. Also mentions eight police officers were not "shot within a month" but within a four year period.

Goes on to loan sharks. A new rent racket. "A man must have a black heart to charge 24% interest." Asks for all New York Daily's to print Sgt. Smith's letter along household finance ads in their papers. Tenants should be aware new landlord tactic in getting rent and slapping of summons too soon.

Commissioner of Health says he will be leaving at the end of the year. So too will the Commissioners of Purchase, Markets. Marine and Aviation, Treasurer, and Commissioner of License will be gone at the end of the year.

Today is Armistice Day. 1914 isn't that long ago. Talks about the events sparking of the war.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71068
Municipal archives id: LT2568