Political columnist for much of the middle part of the 20th century.
After graduating from Harvard University, he joined the New York Herald Tribune, gaining prominence for his journalism during the trial of Bruno Hauptmann in 1934.
A lover of controversy, he strongly defended the Vietnam war effort in his opinion columns and supported the view that the U.S. faced a missile gap with the Soviet Union.
He married Susan Mary Jay Patten, the widow of his close friend.
The KGB photographed him with another man and revealed that he was gay. Gore Vidal based his gay journalist protagonist from the novel Washington D.C. on him.