Excerpt: Don Ritchie’s “Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents”

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Library of Congress

“By war’s end, the swelled ranks of newspaper correspondents settled permanently into Washington, considerably expanding the band of prewar letter writers. Every editor of a major daily, and many minor ones as well, wanted his own ‘special correspondent’ at the capital. Those who covered the war lingered to cover the political battles and watched the generals they had followed in the fields take seats in the chambers below them. New rules and traditions had also developed to govern the relations between the politicians and the press, particularity to accommodate press patronage. The House and Senate regularly voted for a bonus for Congressional staff at the end of each Congress, and members found it unwise to challenge its propriety.”

SOURCE:

Ritchie, Donald A. Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991 (paperback edition, 1992). p. 71

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