Joe Scarborough

When a music critic ruffled Harry Truman's feathers

When a music critic ruffled Harry Truman's feathers

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media escalated last week after he selected MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a series of Twitter fusillades in retaliation for their persistent criticism of his administration and the questioning of his mental health stability.

The fact that the press occasionally gets under a president’s skin is certainly nothing new, as evidenced by a review written by Washington Post music critic Paul Hume of President Harry S. Truman’s daughter Margaret’s Dec. 6, 1950, recital at Constitution Hall, that succeeded in raising the ire of an overly protective and sensitive father.

The battle had been brewing for several...

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