Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press: A Historical Retrospectiveby Louis W. Liebovich
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,
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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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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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.