When Eisenhower told reporters in April 1945 that capturing Berlin was not his objective, he received surprisingly few complaints. Most of the war correspondents saw the juncture of the Allied troops with the Red Army at Torgau a fitting substitute, although the Torgau story was subjected to a frustrating news embargo, which one media organization broke. This episode set the scene for an even bigger controversy: Ed Kennedy’s decision to broadcast news of Germany’s unconditional surrender a day before the official Allied announcement was to be made. Kennedy’s decision led to his eviction from the theater. But it was not long before the other correspondents also left Europe, as news organizations rejigged their staffs to deal with the postwar world
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