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  • The President vs the Fourth Estate through history

    Saw this guy on C-SPAN the other night, describing the often contentious relationship between the President and the press. This hour focused on the early years of the Republic, from Washington to Lincoln. Back then, most news outlets were closely associated with a political party. We've all heard how Thomas Jefferson gave reporter James Callender an office in his State Department during George Washington's presidency, and how Alexander Hamilton founded the New York Post as a vehicle for promoting the Treasury Secretary's Federalist Party, a fact which Rupert Murdoch boasted of for some years.



    By the end of his second term, Washington was fed up with what he saw as a hyper-partisan press. John Adams, Thos Jefferson, and all the presidents of the early Republic had to contend with a hyper-partisan media. It makes today's media landscape seem almost civilized by comparison.
    Last edited by slick_miester; 03 Sep 20, 12:59.
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    Yo Marc....It's like good ol' Mr. Natural used to say..."Twas ever thus..."
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