Politics and the Media Politics and the Media

Politics and the Media


Robert David “KC” Johnson, Moderator

The First Amendment guarantees that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press. But relations between politicians and the press never have been friendly—a fact of which we need no reminding in our era of White House denunciations of “fake news” broadcast by “enemies of the people.” This Seminar will explore the relationship between politics and the media, focusing on the 20th century, though with some historical background on the transformation of the partisan press into “yellow journalism” in the 19th century. Technology, ideology, the pursuit of truth all have come together in how politicians and the media have interacted. The first 10-15 minutes of each session will discuss contemporary events.

Video will be used.

Session 1 The Historical Political Press in the United States
Session 2 From Print to Television
Session 3 Liberalism & Backlash
Session 4 Woodward & Bernstein
Session 5 Politics, the Media, and the Emergence of the Internet
Session 6 Modern Era

* PLEASE NOTE: There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar. Specify your first choice of TIME.

WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  OR  WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

MAR 13, 27
APR 10, 24
MAY 8, 22

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Professor Robert David "KC" Johnson

ROBERT DAVID “KC” JOHNSON — Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has written and edited numerous books about American history, and appears frequently as a pundit on the History Channel. His most recent publication is the edited Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, published by Palgrave/MacMillan; and he has been selected by Oxford University Press to edit its forthcoming Oxford History Handbook of American Foreign Relations.