Presidents vs. The Press: How US Presidents Bully, Pressure, Regulate, and Impress the Press
The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects the freedom of speech and press. As Walter Cronkite said, “Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy. It is democracy.”
But the First Amendment hasn’t stopped presidents from trying to bully, pressure, regulate, and impress the press.
At George Washington’s first inauguration he was described in almost universally favorable terms, but by the end of his first term, with the…