When POWs began returning home, speculation spread that they had been coached on what to say in press conferences. Nearly identical statements from a few POWs gave credence to the rumor. POWs and the Defense Department, however, vehemently denied the accusation. When a cartoon by Jules Feiffer (b. 1929) on the subject was published, he received letters of outrage, including one from a publisher who threatened to renegotiate his contract with Feiffer’s syndicate, provoking this pointed reply from Feiffer.