Join us at 12p.m. for a talk on:
Progressivism, Patriotismand Propaganda: The Government-Press Relationship During the Great War
Revelations of American journalists’ close cooperation with the CIA during the Cold War shocked and outraged the press, which saw the behavior as a break in the traditional line between journalism and government. This type of cooperation, however, has precedents in the activities of Great War reporters, who worked publicly and behind the scenes to shape and promote U.S. and Allied policy, spread propaganda, and boost morale among Allied publics. This talk examines why progressive journalists abandoned previous commitments to truth and accuracy during the war and why this trend is important to study today.
Meghan Menard McCune is a doctoral student at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. She is studying government-press relations. Her paper with Dr. John Maxwell Hamilton entitled “‘My Object is to be of service to you’: Carl Ackerman and the Wilson administration during World War I” appeared in the October 2017 issue of Intelligence and National Security.