(26. Dezember 2014)
What unfolded 10 days later, on April 17, was exactly the “bloody fiasco” Mr. Dryfoos had feared. And, as he feared, The Times was indeed blamed by President John F. Kennedy. Two weeks after the Bay of Pigs disaster, Mr. Catledge was among a group of editors summoned to the White House to discuss with the president the issue of newspapers prematurely disclosing government security information.
As an example, President Kennedy cited the January report from Guatemala by the other Mr. Kennedy.
Mr. Catledge countered that the information had already appeared in The Nation.
“But it wasn’t news until it appeared in The Times,” President Kennedy said.
Then, in an aside to Mr. Catledge, the president said, “Maybe if you had printed more about the operation, you would have saved us from a colossal mistake” …