The Presidents vs. the Press: From the Founding Fathers to Fake News
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A free and independent press is critical to a healthy democracy—but that does not mean American presidents have always had an amicable relationship with the Fourth Estate. From George Washington to Donald J. Trump, presidents have quarreled with, attacked, manipulated, denigrated—and sometimes even jailed members of—the media. Scholar Harold Holzer, in conversation with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, traces the clashes between chief executives and journalists throughout history.
Harold Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His newest book is The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media—from the Founding Fathers to Fake News. Douglas Brinkley (moderator) is a bestselling author and serves as presidential historian for CNN and the New-York Historical Society.
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