I Learned about this Fabulous Document Back in about 1936


by Col. Thomas E. Davis (Ret), ©2018

(Apr. 23, 2018) — As  a boy, I lived in the small town of Cut Bank, Montana. We were served by one local newspaper, The Cut Bank Pioneer Press. Founded by Mr. Dan Whetstone and assisted by his son Frank, some eight years my senior, they put out a classy, even classic weekly newspaper. It was worthy of the Dean of Journalism, Walter Williams, founder of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and author of the ”Journalist’s Creed.” This document was so highly regarded that it was cast in bronze and is on permanent display at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. It is truly a sin that any individual claiming to be a journalist, in print or via another medium, has failed to read, study and abide by the “Creed.”

Every Friday morning, our Cut Bank High School English Teacher, Miss Babette Milspaugh, would stop by the offices of the “Press” and pick up several copies for use by her English class. I have no recollection of ever finding an error in the copy, the facts, the typography ‘set by Linotype,’ or English language usage. The current owners and Publishers of the “Press,” Brian and LeAnne Kavanaugh, maintain the same high standards. This is a small town, population just over 3,000, one of whom, Mrs, Cliela Flaget Presnell, graduated with me in the CBHS Class of ’42. Cut Bank is the county seat of  Glacier County, having about 13,000 residents, all of whom are better educated than 75 -90 % of this republic.

When all is said and done, this is one proud 93-year-old “Okie” who via small-town America grew up to be a good Christian, patriotic American.



Dr. Thomas E. Davis is a World War II veteran of the China/Burma/India theater.  He later served in the military police and attended dental school, working as a dentist until his retirement on January 20, 1985 at the age of 60 as a full-bird colonel.  He is author of four books available here or at his website.

One Response to "I Learned about this Fabulous Document Back in about 1936"

  1. Seadog48   Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:09 AM

    These are noble ideals and should be on every journalist’s desk top or at least in his top drawer for ready reference. However, it should be noted that in 1932 Walter Duranty won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of NY Times articles whitewashing the famine created by Stalin in the Ukraine that killed 5 million farmers who were resisting collectivism. Duranty certainly didn’t adhere to the fine principles mentioned above.

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