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Poisoning the Press Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture

ISBN-10: 0374235309
ISBN-13: 9780374235307
Edition: 2010
Authors: Mark Feldstein
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Description: Poisoning the Pressdocuments a bitter face-off between the postwar era's most bellicose politician and its most reviled newsmana quarter-century brawl whose participants stooped to blackmail, bribery, forgery, burglary, spying, and even a White  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/28/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.584

Poisoning the Pressdocuments a bitter face-off between the postwar era's most bellicose politician and its most reviled newsmana quarter-century brawl whose participants stooped to blackmail, bribery, forgery, burglary, spying, and even a White House murder plot. The politician was President Richard Nixon. The newsman was the columnist Jack Anderson. Their fray exemplified a larger conflict between the government and the press, an epic clash that would outlive both men. Anderson, whose syndicated column gripped readers across the nation, was the most famous and feared investigative reporter of his time. Part freedom fighter and part righteous rogue, the flamboyant, Pulitzer-winning journalist swiped classified documents, bugged conversations, and rifled through garbage. Anderson had a hand in virtually every key slash-and-burn attack on Nixon. In turn, the president's men unleashed illegal surveillance and wiretaps, fake photos, bogus documents, sexual smears, and a plot to poison Andersona metaphor for what would become a generation of venomous conflict between the press and the politicians they covered. Today, contends Mark Feldstein, this poisoned media continues to gorge itself on a toxic diet of sensationalism and trivialities, reaping record profits while debasing public discourse.

<b>Mark Feldstein</b>, who teaches media and public affairs at George Washington University, was an investigative correspondent for CNN, ABC, and other news outlets for two decades, earning dozens of journalism awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Broadcasting Award, an Alfred I. Dupont–Columbia University Award, and two George Foster Peabody Awards. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He is the author of <i>Poisoning the Press</i>.

Prologue
Beginnings
The Quaker and the Mormon
Rise to Power
Washington Whirl
Bugging and Burglary
Comeback
Power
The President and the Columnist
Revenge
Vietnam
The Anderson Papers
Sex, Spies, Blackmail
Cat and Mouse
Brothers
"Destroy This"
From Burlesque to Grotesque
"Kill Him"
Watergate
Disgrace
Endings
Final Years
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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