Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio commentator. He invented the "gossip column", ignoring the journalistic taboo against exposing the private lives of public figures, permanently altering journalism.
In 1935, when PresidentJoe Steele was pushing for legislation for the establishment of labor camps in the United States, journalist Mike Sullivan published an article in the New York Post entitled "Land of the Free and Home of the Labor Camp!" in the hopes that someone like Will Rogers or Walter Winchell would pick up the piece and create public opposition to the bill. Stan Feldman, his editor, was skeptical about public outrage, quoting H.L. Mencken about underestimating the public's intelligence.
Walter Winchell was an American newspaper and radio commentator. In 1944, Winchell interviewed Cassius Madison when Madison toured the United States. Madison could barely understand Winchell's New York accent.