- A toxic relationship
- Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On
- Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press
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Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On
Forty years after Watergate, presidential suspicion of reporters and attempts to keep the press at arm's length remain high.
Jon Marshall, The Atlantic
Aug 4 2014 | Richard Nixon left the White House in disgrace 40 years ago this month, but the war he launched against journalists has continued under Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and other recent presidents.
Nixon’s resignation is remembered as a great victory for the media. Investigations by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and other reporters helped expose the White House crime spree that caused the president’s downfall. Even though he lost his battle to remain in power, Nixon’s way of handling the press has prevailed in American politics. Intimidating journalists, avoiding White House reporters, staging events for television—now common presidential practices—were all originally Nixonian tactics.
Jon Marshall is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He is the author of Watergate’s Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse.
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Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press
If reporters get in the way of the administration’s award-winning marketing campaign by engaging in investigative journalism, there will be hell to pay from disapproving officials, who are not afraid to come down hard on sources in ways aimed at bringing the news gathering process to a standstill.
Kevin Gosztola, FireDog Lake
Thursday October 10, 2013 | What makes the crackdown on leaks, increased denials of Freedom of Information Act requests and surveillance of journalists even more pernicious is how this conduct by President Barack Obama’s administration has taken place as the administration simultaneously uses its own media to pump out its own message.
In a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists on, “The Obama Administration and the Press,” which details leaks investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America, an entire section focuses on the administration’s promise of transparency.
Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago.
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