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Seldes, George

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1995 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Critics, Journalist

1890 – Born in Alliance, New Jersey on the 16th of November.

1914 – He was appointed night editor of the Pittsburgh Post.

1916 – Seldes moved to London where he worked for United Press.

1917 – Seldes was sent to France where he worked as the war correspondent for the Marshall Syndicate.

1922 – He interviewed Lenin, but the Soviet government did not like Seldes’s reports, and he was expelled from the country the following year.

1927 – The Chicago Tribune sent Seldes to Mexico, but his articles criticizing American corporations concerning their use of that country’s mineral rights were not well received. Seldes returned to Europe but found that increasingly his work was being censored to fit the political views of the newspaper’s owner, Robert McCormack.


1929 – Wrote the You Can’t Print That.


1935 – Lords of the Press.


1940 – Seldes published a political newsletter, In fact, which at the height of its popularity had a circulation of 176,000.

1950 – Seldes came under attack from Joseph McCarthy, who accused him of being a communist.

1981 – Seldes appeared in Warren Beatty’s Reds, a film about the life of journalist John Reed. Seldes appears as himself, commenting on the historical events depicted in the film.

1995 – Died on the 2nd of July at age 104.