Claud Cockburn

Francis Claud Cockburn (/ˈkbərn/ KOH-bərn; 12 April 1904  15 December 1981) was a British journalist. His saying "believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is widely quoted in journalistic studies,[1][2][3] but he did not claim credit for originating it.[4] He was the second cousin, once removed, of the novelists Alec Waugh and Evelyn Waugh. He lived at Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.[5]

Claud Cockburn
Francis Claud Cockburn

(1904-04-12)12 April 1904
Died15 December 1981(1981-12-15) (aged 77)
Spouse(s)Hope Hale Davis
Jean Ross
Patricia Byron
ChildrenClaudia Cockburn
Sarah Caudwell
Alexander Cockburn
Andrew Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn
Laura Flanders
Stephanie Flanders
Daisy Cockburn
Olivia Wilde

Cockburn was "a leading British Communist Party member", and by the 1940s, he was reputed to be a prominent figure in "the Comintern in Western Europe".[6]