Fellow Workers (1914)
This cartoon from the San Francisco Chronicle is simple, timeless and classic. It is the kind of illustration probably not seen in Britain where everyone was being spurred on to fight, or at least participate, in the war effort. In Britain, the press would have been all for “God, King, and Country” ! Liberty … Freedom …
In one of Siegfried Sassoon’s poems, a journalist and author meets up with a:
“lad who’d been severely wounded in the back in some wiped-out impossible attack”
“seemed so certain all was going well. As he discussed the glorious time he’d had when visiting the trenches … ‘I hope I’ve caught the feeling of the line and the amazing spirit of the troops … and through it all I felt some splendour shine which makes us win’ “
The solder sipped his wine.
“Ah, yes, but it’s the Press that leads the way!”