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Esteemed journalism historian James Startt has crafted an intriguing case study of the relationship between political leadership and the mass media during its early days, using the political ascendancy of Woodrow Wilson as its focus. Wilson's emergence as a major political figure coincided with the arrival of a real mass media and a more independent, less partisan style of political coverage. While most Nineteenth-century presidents remained aloof from the press, Wilson understood it could no longer be ignored: 'The public man who fights the daily press won't be a public man very long'.…mehr

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Esteemed journalism historian James Startt has crafted an intriguing case study of the relationship between political leadership and the mass media during its early days, using the political ascendancy of Woodrow Wilson as its focus. Wilson's emergence as a major political figure coincided with the arrival of a real mass media and a more independent, less partisan style of political coverage. While most Nineteenth-century presidents remained aloof from the press, Wilson understood it could no longer be ignored: 'The public man who fights the daily press won't be a public man very long'.
Autorenporträt
JAMES D. STARTT is Senior Research Professor in History at Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA. He is co-editor of The Media in American History and is co-author of Historical Methods in Mass Communication. He served as president of the American Journalism Historians Association in 1997-98.
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"Featuring impeccable research and lucid analysis, Woodrow Wilson and the Press offers the first in-depth examination of this important aspect of Wilson's career." - George Juergens, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

"This meticulously documented work sets the foundation for understanding today's political communication. It expands our knowledge of Woodrow Wilson and his era and opens the door to greater appreciation of the interrelationship between political and journalistic history. In studying Wilson's campaign press relations, we find the antecedents for contemporary political leadership, which attempts to shape public opinion through use of the mass media. James Startt's book offers a new perspective on the foundation for the modern Presidency. It should be of interest to historians and journalists alike."

- Maurine H. Beasley, Professor of Journalism, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

James D. Startt offers an excellent study of public opinion and political leadership. Focusing on Woodrow Wilson's relations with the press prior to his presidency, this book clearly demonstrates the future president's savvy understanding of the media in American democracy. His 1912 campaign, first to win the Democratic Party's nomination, and then to defeat the Republican president William Howard Taft and the Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt, would not have been possible otherwise. Anyone interested in President Wilson or in the connection between public opinion and political leadership in American democratic government will find Woodrow Wilson and the Press essential reading. Known for his previous books on communications and journalism, Startt brings that expertise to this outstanding new book on Woodrow Wilson, public opinion, and democratic government at the beginning of the 20th century. - Lloyd E. Ambrosius, Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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