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Presidents and the Press

The Nixon Legacy

By Joseph C. Spear





Drawing on a long career as an investigative journalist, Joe Spear tells the chilling story of how the Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations have controlled and manipulated the press. Much of his book documents the Nixon strategy, which relied on a constant flow of positive news, the sophisticated use of television to evade the press and address viewers directly, and intimidation through classified or censored information. What is particularly startling is Spear's revelation about the extent to which the so-called experts (media specialists, pollsters, and the like) and technology now shape our view of the President. As editor and chief of staff for syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, Joe Spear is primarily responsible for covering diplomatic and foreign affairs and has broken some of the major news stories of our day.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262192286 420 pp. | 9 in x 6 in


$40.00 X ISBN: 9780262691000 420 pp. | 9 in x 6 in


  • All Americans who cherish our freedom of the press should be grateful to Joe Spear, one of the country's best investigative journalists, for this excellent book. It is a gold mine of never-before-told inside stories, shocking scandals, and entertaining anecdotes - some hilarious, some frightening, all interesting, which together give us the incredible account of how the government routinely deceives, misleads, and lies to the public and the press.

    Cleveland Amory

  • Finally, someone has put together the complete and chilling story of how the Nixon administration tried to subvert the First Amednment. It's a lesson we should never forget.

    Congressman Les Aspin

  • After reading this book, any reader will know a great deal more about how little the President, any President, wants him to know and about how skillfully the President's men manage too much of the news. this is the right year for Joe Spear's book, and not only because it's an election year.

    Nat Hentoff

    Columnist, Village Voice