Politicians and the Press

Archive Report

The Press as a 1964 Poltical Target

Hardly Any presidential campaign has been waged in the United States without complaint from one or another of the candidates that inaccurate or biased press coverage of his activities was prejudicing his chances of victory. The campaign of 1964 is no exception. Supporters of Sen. Barry Goldwater have been crying out against treatment of their candidate by reporters, columnists and television commentators. Complaints of this kind have not been as loud since 1948, when President Truman's protests against a “kept Republican press” fortified his image as an underdog and helped him to win the election.

It seems ironic that charges of deliberate unfairness to the Republican nominee should be leveled against press, radio and television, when control of those ...

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