Presidents and the Press: The Nixon Legacy

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Drawing on a long career as an investigative journalist, Joe Spear tells the chilling story of how the Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations have controlled and manipulated the press.Much of his book documents the Nixon strategy,which relied on a constant flow of positive news, the sophisticated use of television to evade the press and address viewers directly, and intimidation through classified or censored information. What is particularly startling is Spear's revelation about the extent to which the so-called experts (media specialists,pollsters, and the like) and technology now shape our view of the President.As editor and chief of staff for syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, Joe Spear is primarily responsible for covering diplomatic and foreign affairs and has broken some of the major news stories of our day.

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"All Americans who cherish our freedom of the press should be grateful to Joe Spear, one of the country's best investigative journalists, for this excellent book. It is a gold mine of never-before-told inside stories, shocking scandals, and entertaining anecdotes - some hilarious, some frightening, all interesting, which together give us the incredible account of how the government routinely deceives,misleads, and lies to the public and the press." Cleveland Amory
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262691000
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/1986
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph C. Spear has been an investigative journalist for seventeen years. As editor and chief of staff for syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, he is primarily responsible for covering diplomatic and foreign affairs and has broken some of the major news stories of our day. Among his prominent work are in-depth and long-term columns on FBI surveillance of American celebrities and on Nicaraguan dictator,Anastasio Somoza. His own articles have appeared in many national magazines.

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