"AP regrets firing in V-E Day scoop" Associated Press, May 05, 2012
NEW YORK - In World War II’s final moments in Europe, Associated Press writer Edward Kennedy gave the AP perhaps the biggest scoop in its history. He reported, a day ahead of the competition, that Germany had surrendered unconditionally in Reims, France. For this, he was publicly rebuked by the AP and then quietly fired.
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They salvaged the remains of the day.
The problem: Kennedy had defied military censors to get the story out.
Where is such bravery today, 'eh?
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Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain and President Truman had agreed to suppress news of the capitulation for a day, in order to allow Russian dictator Josef Stalin to stage a second surrender ceremony in Berlin.
Happens all the time now.
Kennedy was also accused of breaking a pledge that he and 16 other journalists had made to keep the surrender a secret for a time, as a condition of being allowed to witness it firsthand.
“Once the war is over, you can’t hold back information like that,’’ he said in an interview. “The world needed to know.’’
The same year another Kennedy died.