The Presidents Vs. The Press: The Endless Battle Between The White House And The Media--From The Founding Fathers To Fake News
ISBN: 1524745286
EAN13: 9781524745288
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 24, 2021
Pages: 592
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The Presidents Vs. The Press: The Endless Battle Between The White House And The Media--From The Founding Fathers To Fake News

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An award-winning presidential historian offers an authoritative account of American presidents' attacks on our freedom of the press--including a new foreword chronicling the end of the Trump presidency.

The FAKE NEWS media, Donald Trump has tweeted, is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People Has our free press ever faced as great a threat? Perhaps not--but the tension between presidents and journalists is as old as the republic itself.

Every president has been convinced of his own honesty and transparency; every reporter who has covered the White House beat has believed with equal fervency that his or her journalistic rigor protects the country from danger. Our first president, George Washington, was also the first to grouse about his treatment in the newspapers, although he kept his complaints private. Subsequent chiefs like John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Barack Obama were not so reticent, going so far as to wield executive power to overturn press freedoms, and even to prosecute journalists.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to actively manage the stable of reporters who followed him, doling out information, steering coverage, and squashing stories that interfered with his agenda. It was a strategy that galvanized TR's public support, but the lesson was lost on Woodrow Wilson, who never accepted reporters into Read More chevron_right

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