Walter Winchell

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Person.png Walter Winchell  Rdf-icon.png
(commentator)
BornWalter Winchel
1897-04-07
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died1972-02-20 (Age 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
SpouseRita Greene

Walter Winchell was a US newspaper and radio columnist.[1]

British Security Co-ordination

During the early years of World War Two, Winchell worked closely with British Security Coordination and his column was largely written by BSC agent Ernest Cuneo.[2]

Cuneo wrote of his relationship with Winchell:

"... I controlled the world's largest newspaper and radio circulation, centering on Walter Winchell and his near 1,000 papers and the only near approach was Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round."[3]

Jay Lovestone

Jay Lovestone used Winchell as an outlet for material from his anti-communist network, although he was not always satisfied with Winchell's use of it. In 1946, Lovestone wrote to Ben Mandel:

He complains that some of the stuff I gave him would make people believe Hitler was right about Stalin. The dope does not see that Hitler was right about Stalin in many ways.[4]

A Winchell radio broadcast on 23 February 1954, featured a Lovestone-inspired story attacking Assistant Secretary of Labour Spencer Miller, who had been denouncing Lovestone to the FBI.[5]

External Resources

7 April 1897|20 February 1972|


References

  1. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's, 1998, p.202.
  2. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's, 1998, p.202.
  3. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's, 1998, p.49.
  4. Quoted in Ted Morgan, A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone, Communist, Anti-Communist and Spymaster, Random House, 1999, p.146.
  5. Ted Morgan, A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone, Communist, Anti-Communist and Spymaster, Random House, 1999, p.237.