Dorothy Celene Thompson (9 July 1893 – 30 January 1961) was an American journalist and radio broadcaster, who in 1939 was recognized by Time magazine as the second most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt. She is notable as the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany in 1934 and as one of the few women news commentators on radio during the 1930s. She is regarded by some as the "First Lady of American Journalism."
Even more chilling is Thompson's earlier work in Germany, "Good-by to Germany", where she chronicles the entrenchment of the Nazism and a couple of the Nazi's early atrocities on her 1934 trip to Germany. For her efforts, Goering ordered her to leave the country within 48 hours (this older article is only available as a PDF).
It makes the Republican cries of "lügenpresse" at Trump's rallies even more starkly sinister. And of course, in the same way that the words "crap" and "shit" mean exactly the same thing, but for some reason, the spelling of "crap" makes it more socially acceptable, the words "fake news" and "lügenpresse" mean exactly same thing, but for some reason, the spelling of "fake news" makes it more socially acceptable as well. When will the press call Trump and the Republicans out on this?
Both full articles require a subscription to Harper's for access but this is well worth it as I have been a subscriber for years.
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And one last note on Dorothy Thompson:
Thompson's most significant work abroad took place in Germany in the early 1930s. While working in Munich, Thompson met and interviewed Adolf Hitler for the first time in 1931. This would be the basis for her subsequent book, I Saw Hitler. She wrote about the dangers of Hitler winning power in Germany. Thompson described Hitler in the following terms: "He is formless, almost faceless, a man whose countenance is a caricature, a man whose framework seems cartilaginous, without bones. He is inconsequent and voluble, ill poised and insecure. He is the very prototype of the little man."
Later, when the full force of Nazism had crashed over Europe, Thompson was asked to defend her "Little Man" remarks; it seemed she had underestimated Hitler. The National Socialists considered both the book and her articles offensive and in August 1934, Thompson was expelled from Germany. She was the first journalist to be kicked out.