American presidents and the press

Ankündigung des zusätzlichen Blockseminars von Ass. Prof. Dr. Joseph Hayden (Department of Journalism, University of Memphis) im Mai 2009 (Termine: 08.05. von 14:00 - 16:00, 11.05. von 13:00 - 16:00, 13.05. von 09:00 - 12:00, 15.05. von 14:00 - 17:00, 18.05. von 13:00 - 16:00, 19.05. von 09:00 - 12:00 und 20.05. von 09:00 - 12:00, Studio 1):


Dr. Josef Hayden
American presidents and the press

Are U.S. journalists “lapdogs” or “watchdogs”?  This seminar will explore some of the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors affecting the tangled relationship between the White House and the national press corps.

The course focuses on some of America’s most influential or controversial presidents: Adams and Jefferson; Jackson and Lincoln; Roosevelt and Wilson; Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon; Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama.
Students will study these individuals with an eye on such themes as public relations, propaganda, the objectivity ethos, international media, entertainment media, and new technologies.



  • Louis W. Liebovich, The Press and the Modern Presidency: Myths and Mindsets from Kennedy to Election 2000, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2001 (USA Bibliothek (SB II) unter 973 92 LIE)
  • Edwin Diamond and Robert A. Silverman, White House to Your House: Media and Politics in Virtual America, MIT Press, 1997 (USA Bibliothek (SB II) unter 324.730973 DIA)