F. D. R. and the Press Graham J. White

ISBN: 9780226895123

Published: March 1st 1979

Hardcover

200 pages


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F. D. R. and the Press  by  Graham J. White

F. D. R. and the Press by Graham J. White
March 1st 1979 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 200 pages | ISBN: 9780226895123 | 5.58 Mb

Franklin D. Roosevelts tempestuous, adversary relationship with the American press is celebrated in the literature of his administrations. Historians have documented the skill and virtuosity that he displayed in his handling and exploitation of theMoreFranklin D. Roosevelts tempestuous, adversary relationship with the American press is celebrated in the literature of his administrations.

Historians have documented the skill and virtuosity that he displayed in his handling and exploitation of the press. Graham J. White discovers the well of Roosevelts excessive ardor: an intractable political philosophy that pitted him against a fierce (though imaginary) enemy, the written press.White challenges and disproves Roosevelts contention that the press was unusually severe and slanted in its treatment of the Roosevelt years.

His original work traces FDRs hostile assessment of the press to his own political philosophy: an ideology that ordained him a champion of the people, whose task it was to preserve American democracy against the recurring attempt by Hamiltonian minorities (newspaper publishers and captive reporters) to wrest control of their destiny from the masses.White recounts Roosevelts initial victory over the press corps, and the effect his wily manipulations had on press coverage of his administrations and on his own public image.

He believes Roosevelts denunciation of the press was less an accurate description of the presss behavior towards his administrations than a product of his own preconceptions about the nature of the Presidency. White concludes that Roosevelts plan was to disarm those he saw as the foes of democracy by accusing them of unfairly maligning him.



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