The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, March 14, 2005
USG/media shenanigans in the Good Old Days
From Drew Pearson and Robert S Allen's 1931 Washington Merry-Go-Round (p331):
Another feature of the touted "liberalization" of White House press relations [by President Herbert Hoover] was the institution of twice-daily meetings between the reporters and a secretary. The purpose of this contact was to afford the correspondents a daily tie-up with the Executive, particularly on local matters.
The Mexican Bolshevik hegemony story...accused Mexico of harboring Communist designs. It gave no authority for this information, other than vague references to reliable sources of information. Coming at a time when, due to the stupidity and bungling of Coolidge and Kellogg, the relations between the United States and Mexico were at the breaking point, the story created a tremendous sensation.
No quite la même chose, but interesting for a compare and contrast with the current regime, I think.
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