FDR and the News Media

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Columbia University Press, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 276 pages
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Power was at the heart of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's relationship with the media: the power of the nation's chief executive to control his public messages versus the power of the free press to act as an independent watchdog over the president and the government. This compelling study of Roosevelt points to his consummate news management as a key to his political artistry and leadership legacy.
  

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Contents

The Roots of Presidential Press Relations
1
The Development of FDRs Media Skills
11
The New Deal Press Conferences
27
Roosevelt and the Washington Correspondents
53
The New Deal Publicity System
79
Other Mass Media
103
SecondTerm Crises and a Lack of Newspaper Support
127
Publicity for a War Operation
155
The Office of Censorship
171
World War II Press Relations
191
Public Opinion Polling
215
The Legacy of Roosevelts Press Relations
231
The White House Correspondents
241
Selected Bibliography
253
Index
263
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About the author (1994)

Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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