Through a long public life and short presidency, Herbert Hoover carefully cultivated reporters and media owners as he rose from a relief administrator to president of the United States. During his service to government, he held the conviction that journalists were to be manipulated and mistrusted. When the nation fell into economic disaster, Hoover's misconceptions about the press and press relations exacerbated a national calamity. This book traces the entire history of Hoover's relationship with magazines, newspapers, newsreel organizations, and radio, and demonstrates how an attitude toward the U.S. press can help or hinder a public figure throughout his career. The book draws upon diaries of Hoover aides, oral histories from journalists and other media figures, newspaper and magazine clippings, radio broadcasts, newsreels, public documents, archival manuscripts, and a plethora of published secondary books and articles. This may be the most complete and best-documented study of a single president and the media.
About the Author:
LOUIS W. LIEBOVICH, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Illinois, was a reporter with three newspapers in the Midwest in the 1970s, the last being the Milwaukee Sentinel. Liebovich teaches about media history, the press and the presidency, newspaper economic history, and 20th-century journalism. His other books include The Press and the Origins of the Cold War, 1944-1947 (Praeger, 1988) and The Last Jew from Wegrow (Praeger, 1991), of which he served as editor.