HILLARY CLINTON OPENLY ADMIRES CONTROVERSIAL POLITICIAN WHO GAVE NAZI MEMORABILIA TO JOURNALISTS:
—Drive-by headline at the Politico, today.
FDR was livid. [The] succession of irritations [from John O’Donnell of the New York Daily News] had become too much. The war had been going badly, the pressure was great, and Roosevelt reacted. At his December 18  press conference, Roosevelt shocked the correspondents when he handed Earl Godwin [of the Washington Times-Herald] the German Iron Cross to give to the absent O’Donnell. The Iron Cross was a symbol of O’Donnell’s aid to the enemy. The incident did not stop there. When O’Donnell returned from the war in 1945 and along with another Patterson-McCormick correspondent asked for credentials to attend While House press conferences, the president said no because of “their isolationist, anti-British, anti-Russian pens.” The response became public when the Philadelphia Record reported that Steve Early threatened resignation before Roosevelt finally yielded.
—A passage from the 1990 book FDR and the News Media by Missouri School of Journalism historian Betty Houchin Winfield, which I quoted in a 2010 post at Ed Driscoll.com titled “Springtime for Roosevelt.”