Question of the Day

Yesterday's question of the day asked: Many journalists give former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham credit for being the first to describe journalism as "the first rough draft of history." But who may have written those words even earlier? The earliest recorded occurence of those exact words seems to have been 1944, with some theorizing the earliest originator (if not its actual inventor) was Washington Post editorial writer Alan Barth -- however there are a couple of other similar occurrences, including a 1905 passage that reads "The newspapers are making morning after morning the rough draft of history" and even some possible lines tracing all the way back to Thucydides, who once wrote the phrase "a first rough draft of the History." So this was a tough one to answer!

Congratulations to Hiram Reisner for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions also go out to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay TimesJim DeLaIrene DeBlasioPaul DelColleM. Edward Borasky (who noted the Thucydides theory, but decisively went with Barth), Claudine Laforce, and Robert Flicker!

And for today's question, here it is: Which journalist received the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination?

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