Trump not the first president to feud with the media

Editor, The News:

Mr. Scialabba’s recent letter was “much to do about nothing.”

Trump’s so-called “war on the media” has people hand-wringing, brought on by the fallacy that Trump’s “war” is unprecedented and the worst ever. However, this is completely contrary to the truth.

President John Adams was so concerned about foreign influence on our press, he signed into law the 1798 Sedition Act, which made publishing anything critical of the government illegal. This law would have locked up writers who spoke out against the government.

President Theodore Roosevelt despised the press, calling them muckrakers and no better than most thieves. He even tried to sue the newspapers for their coverage of the purchase of the Panama Canal rights. Prior to Roosevelt, reporters had to submit questions in writing, leaving the president to pick and choose which questions he would answer, irritating many journalists.

President Kennedy was the first president to broadcast news conferences, and the media hated it, calling it anarchy. JFK fostered secrecy and deception. During the Cuba crisis, Kennedy shut off access to foreign policy information. His predecessor, President Eisenhower, had a turbulent relationship as well, restricting media access. Lyndon Johnson was despised by the press and his never-tiring efforts to manipulate, seduce and punish them. We all remember Nixon’s relationship with the media .Remember President Obama’s relentless attacks on conservative news outlets?

Instead of whining, journalists should do their job, but only in the name of truth on behalf of the American people. 

Philip J. Granato

New Castle

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