The presidents vs. the press : the endless battle between the White House and the media -- from the founding fathers to fake news / Harold Holzer
Book | Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC | 2020
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xx, 554 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-540) and index.
"An award-winning presidential historian offers an authoritative account of American presidents' attacks on our freedom of the press. "The FAKE NEWS media," Donald Trump has tweeted, "is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people." Never has our free press faced so great a threat. Yet the tension between presidents and journalists is as old as the republic itself. From George Washington to Trump, presidents have quarreled with, attacked, denigrated, and manipulated the fourth estate. Washington groused about his treatment in the newspapers, but his successor, John Adams, actually wielded his executive power to overturn press freedoms and prosecute critical reporters. Thomas Jefferson tapped a reporter to find dirt on his rival, Alexander Hamilton, only to have the reporter expose his own affair with his slave Sally Hemings. (Jefferson denied the reports out of hand-perhaps the first presidential cry of "fake news.") Andrew Jackson rewarded loyal newspapers with government contracts; Abraham Lincoln shuttered critical papers and imprisoned their editors without trial. FDR and JFK charmed journalists in order to protect their personal secrets, while Nixon cast the press as a public enemy for daring to investigate his own. In this remarkable new account, acclaimed scholar Harold Holzer guides readers through the clashes between chief executives and journalists, showing how these battles were waged and won, while girding us for a new fight to protect our nation's greatest institution: a free and functioning press"-- Provided by publisher.
Part One. "Malignant industry" -- Chapter One. George Washington -- Chapter Two. John Adams -- Chapter Three. Thomas Jefferson -- Part Two. "A government of newspapers" -- Chapter Four. Andrew Jackson -- Chapter Five. Abraham Lincoln -- Part Three. From the bully pulpit to the fireside -- Chapter Six. Theodore Roosevelt -- Chapter Seven. Woodrow Wilson -- Chapter Eight. Fraankliln D. Roosevelt, I -- Chapter Nine. Franklin D. Roosevelt, II -- Part Four. "Far great public information" -- Chapter Ten. John F. Kennedy -- Chapter Eleven. Lybndon B. Johnson -- Chapter Twelve. Richard Nixon -- Part Five. "Truth is the glue" -- Chapter Thriteen. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter -- Chapter Fourteen. Ronald Reagon and George H.W. Bush -- Chapter Fifteen. Bill Clinton -- Chapter Sixteen. George W. Bush -- Chapter Seventeen. Barack Obama -- Chapter Eighteen. Donald Trump.
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