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Old 26 July 2009, 09:23 PM
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Frying Pan Teddy Roosevelt on bankers

Comment: I want to know if this quote by President Theodore Roosevelt is
true

"These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests
control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country. They use
the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office
public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt
cliques which compose the invisible government."
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Old 02 August 2009, 03:51 PM
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That exact quote, in rather a longer form, is attributed by an editor at Wikipedia to John F. Hylan, Mayor of NYC. He/she says it was in a speech from 1922.

John Francis Hylan

After fruitless work last night, I got up refreshed this AM, and can report that the Wikipedia article is probably correct.

The exact quote published in Wikipedia is available using a Google Book Search. From the Almagamated Sheet Metal Worker's Journal, issue of April, 1922.

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Hylan spoke in Chicago on March 26, 1922, to the Knights of Columbus. While the popular press doesn't seem to have lifted that quote, it's availble at my cite from Google Books.

A cursory search of T. Roosevelt and similar things doesn't provide any hits. Roosevelt certainly had the same sympathies, but I think Hylan said the quote.

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