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One of America's most formidable historians, Harold Holzer, discusses his newest book, "The Presidents vs. The Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media, from the Founding Fathers to Fake News." He explains how presidents from Washington to Trump have not only been disappointed in the coverage they get, but in how they tried to squash stories they didn't like. He explains how even America's greatest presidents went out of their way to discredit and even suppress fair coverage, and also how the media fought back, and at times, beat presidential corruption. Holzer's specialty is Lincoln, but this book shows how every administration has looked after their public image, and how a few presidents used new kinds of media to bend history in their direction.
Holzer's website can be found at haroldholzer.com. He is available on Twitter at twitter.com/haroldholzer
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