Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospective

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It's time to revisit Watergate. In this compelling reexamination, Liebovich draws extensively from newly available sources, including recently released Nixon Oval Office tapes, FBI reports, and personal reminiscences of cover-up leader John Dean. Liebovich sheds new light on the Nixon administration's extensive foul play, zeal to battle and manipulate the press, scandalous miring, and eventual political disgrace. After detailing the nation's news media coverage of the Watergate debacle and the ensuing breakup of ...

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Overview

It's time to revisit Watergate. In this compelling reexamination, Liebovich draws extensively from newly available sources, including recently released Nixon Oval Office tapes, FBI reports, and personal reminiscences of cover-up leader John Dean. Liebovich sheds new light on the Nixon administration's extensive foul play, zeal to battle and manipulate the press, scandalous miring, and eventual political disgrace. After detailing the nation's news media coverage of the Watergate debacle and the ensuing breakup of American politics, Liebovich recounts the scandal's long-lasting, corrosive effect on presidential and popular politics.

Scholars and students of the media and latter-20th-century American political malaise will be provoked and persuaded by Liebovich's argument that much of the public's cynicism toward the press, the president, and politics stems from the bitter battles-fought in the White House, on the front pages, and on television screens-between the press and Nixon's administration. The book focuses on the fight against a press perceived as hostile to the President and charts how the nation's major newspapers and magazines covered the unfolding scandal. Newly released sources show how Nixon and his advisors immersed themselves so deeply in a maze of deception and mistrust that none involved could extricate themselves, creating a political tragedy that haunts us to this day.

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Richard Nixon spent much of his presidency fighting his liberal enemies of the press, whom he blamed for his political failures, notes Liebovich (The Press and the Modern Presidency: Myths and Mindsets from Kennedy to Election 2000). The Nixon portrayed here is a ruthless dissembler whose attempt to rehabilitate his post-presidency reputation has been shown by Watergate tapes released in 1996 to be a further continuation of lies. His flagrant disregard of the Constitution has made the job of president even more difficult for those who followed him, Liebovich concludes. While Leonard Garment (In Search of Deep Throat) believes that lower-level operative John Sears was Deep Throat, Liebovich identifies political assistant Alexander Haig as the person who revealed inside information to Washington Post reporters. Liebovich's most important assumption might be his call for a new generation of books about Watergate, based on declassified tapes and records, to counter the numerous self-serving earlier works by Nixon and the many president's men who went to jail and then wrote best-selling memoirs. Keith Olson's excellent Watergate: The Presidential Scandal that Shook America is such a contemporary account. Like Olson's work, Liebovich's shows that a credible Watergate book doesn't have to be long. Recommended for academic mass media collections and large public libraries.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275979157
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS W. LIEBOVICH is Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Professor Liebovich has also written The Press and the Modern Presidency: Myths and Mindsets from Kennedy to Election 2000, The Press and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944-1947, and Bylines of Despair: Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression, and the U.S. News Media, published by Praeger.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Missing Honeymoon 1
Ch. 2 Media Confrontations 21
Ch. 3 The Break-In 31
Ch. 4 The 1972 Election 45
Ch. 5 A Cancer on the Presidency 59
Ch. 6 The Tapes 73
Ch. 7 Twisting in the Wind 93
Ch. 8 After the Resignation 109
App. A Cast of Nixon Characters 125
App. B Nixon Administration Timeline 127
App. C Major Newspaper Coverage of Watergate, June 17-December 31, 1972 131
Selected Bibliography 133
Index 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Liebovich,Louis. Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Hist

    Liebovich,Louis. Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospective.Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. Print.

    In this text, author Louis Liebovich examines how the media played an extremelyimportant role both during the Watergate Scandal and after. The media inparticular affected the manner in which the public responded to Nixon’s releaseof the transcripts, which showed yet another incomplete story from Nixon.Furthermore, it shows the many ways in which Nixon himself attempted tomanipulate the way in which the press reported his side of the story. This bookproves to be much more than just an addition recording of the events duringWatergate; rather, it provides valuable insight into the way in which the Presidenthimself worked within Washington. Furthermore, it gives the reader a brief lookinto the types of scandals that still occasionally prevail in Washingtonpolitics today. Overall, the text is a very well-written tool for one who islooking for more information on the way in which the media works in relation topolitics- and, in particular, in regards to the “scandal” that surroundedPresident Nixon.

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