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Presidents And The Press: A Historically Fraught Relationship Essential To U.S. Democracy

Gage Skidmore

From the Founding Fathers to fake news, relations between American presidents and the media have been contentious throughout the country's history. 

President Trump is the latest, but may not be the worst, example of commanders in chiefs doing battle with the Fourth Estate, which is charged with holding those in power accountable.

In his new book scholar Harold Holzer chronicles the U.S. presidency and the journalism that shaped it, recounting a long history of distrust between the institutions and evolving attacks on press freedom.

Guest: Harold Holzer, author of The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between The White House and the Media—From the Founding Fathers to Fake News

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, August 26.

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