"Francis Claud Cockburn" of Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Munster, Ireland was an Anglo-Scottish people/Scots journalist. He was a Communist agitator in the 1930s and 40s and, though he left the party in 1947, maintained that this was more froim boredom than from revulsion at Stalin's cruelties. His saying "believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is widely quoted in journalistic studies, although he doesn't claim credit for originating it. He was the second cousin, once removed, of novelists Alec Waugh and Evelyn Waugh.

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