The contrast between Yankee parade, sensationalism, bluster, and bragging, and the conservative sentiment, sincerity, and freedom from all affectation and bluster, of the Southern
character, may be very happily illustrated by the customs of the press of the two peoples.
Had the Yankees
had one tithe of the military success that has crowned the Confederate
arms within a few weeks, not a day would have passed that the huge dailies of the principal Northern cities would not have had columns of jubilation and boastful accounts introduced by flaming displays of capitals of all sorts, forming captions sometimes as long as the narratives they introduced.
Here the most signal victories are announced plainly and truthfully, without parade or balderdash — just as they should be to a sensible, sincere, and intelligent people, who are not to be misled or unduly excited by flaming and bombastic announcements, and by exaggerated and boastful narratives.
The presses cater for entirely different people, and therefore their styles are entirely different.
It is due to the press to say that the style here entirely accords with the spirit of its conductors.
If the people wanted a different kind of press, a different set of conductors would be found no doubt to meet their wishes, but neither the people nor the editors desire anything else.
Another marked distinction between the papers of the two countries is the uniform frankness and truthfulness of the Southern
press, with regard to defeats of our arms and to facts even painful; such as those of the currency, the supplies and, indeed, every other public matter, painful or otherwise.
If truth is alluded to on an affair of public concern, it is not with the purpose of disguising it. But the Yankee
press is false, deceitful, and unscrupulous.
It deals as much in suppression of truth as in suggestion of falsehood.
One great agent of the invasion is lying, and the press takes charge of that column of attack upon the Confederates
The nature of its strategy is, however, now so well understood that it has no more effect here, or we may say in Europe
, than had upon the English
that corps of horrible looking men which formed part of the Chinese army, whose business it was to strike terror to the enemy by their gongs, loud noises, summersaults, and grimaces.
This war is a stern reality.
Falsehood may distort or prevent facts for a time; but Truth must at last rise superior, as we be believe also will Justice, in the triumph and independence of the South
, in spite of the power, the arts, and appliances of the profligate Northern people.