The American daily press offered huge coverage of the Schuman Declaration. Right from the date of the presentation of the Declaration to the public on May 9 1950 and through the entire year, these papers ran a commentary with articles written by their leading correspondents as well as observations on the question sent in by readers. This essay especially considers the position of the New York Times and the Washington Post which, as regards the declaration, gave space to leading journalists such as Walter Lippmann, Joseph Alsop and James Reston, who furthermore had maintained a long-standing friendly relationship with Jean Monnet. Besides carrying reports on the reactions of the American government, the leading newspapers also went into depth over the question and undertook enquiries in Europe so as to understand the reality of French politics where the proposal had come into being, the position of West Germany and that of other European countries. They weighed up the possible reactions of iron and steel industrialists and the consequences of the pool being formed on the heavy industry sector. An examination was made of the new role played by France in European politics and the economic consequences that the project entailed both for Europe and the United States and which both the newspapers in question supported, albeit with different nuances. The New York Times in general concentrated above all on the political implications, while the Washington Post paid greater attention to the economic consequences.

An American Press Slant on the Schuman Declaration

ALLIO, Renata
2011

Abstract

The American daily press offered huge coverage of the Schuman Declaration. Right from the date of the presentation of the Declaration to the public on May 9 1950 and through the entire year, these papers ran a commentary with articles written by their leading correspondents as well as observations on the question sent in by readers. This essay especially considers the position of the New York Times and the Washington Post which, as regards the declaration, gave space to leading journalists such as Walter Lippmann, Joseph Alsop and James Reston, who furthermore had maintained a long-standing friendly relationship with Jean Monnet. Besides carrying reports on the reactions of the American government, the leading newspapers also went into depth over the question and undertook enquiries in Europe so as to understand the reality of French politics where the proposal had come into being, the position of West Germany and that of other European countries. They weighed up the possible reactions of iron and steel industrialists and the consequences of the pool being formed on the heavy industry sector. An examination was made of the new role played by France in European politics and the economic consequences that the project entailed both for Europe and the United States and which both the newspapers in question supported, albeit with different nuances. The New York Times in general concentrated above all on the political implications, while the Washington Post paid greater attention to the economic consequences.
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