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The Resource Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate : the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image, Matthew Cecil

Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate : the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image, Matthew Cecil

Label
Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate : the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image
Title
Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate
Title remainder
the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Cecil
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was an agency devoted to American ideals, professionalism, and scientific methods, directed by a sage and selfless leaderand anyone who said otherwise was a nogood subversive, bent on discrediting the American way of life. That was the official story, and how J. Edgar Hoover made it stickrunning roughshod over those same American idealsis the story this book tells in full for the first time. From Hoover's first tentative media contacts in the 1930s to the Bureau's eponymous television series in the 1960s and 1970s, FBI officials labored mightily to control the Bureau's image--efforts that put them not-so-squarely at the forefront of the emerging field of public relations. In the face of any journalistic challenges to the FBI's legitimacy and operations, Hoover was able to create a benign, even heroic counter narrative, thanks in part to his friends in newsrooms. Matthew Cecil's own prodigious investigation through hundreds of thousands of pages from FBI files reveals the lengths to which Hoover and his lackeys went to use the press to hoodwink the American people. Even more sobering is how much help he got from so many in the press. Conservative journalists like broadcaster Fulton Lewis, Jr. and columnist George Sokolsky positioned themselves as "objective" defenders of Hoover's FBI and were rewarded with access, friendship, and other favors. Some of Hoover's friends even became adjunctFBI agents, designated as Special Service Contacts who discreetly gathered information for the Bureau. "Enemies," on the other hand, were closely monitored and subjected to operations that disrupted their work or even undermined and ended their careers. Noted journalists like I. F. Stone, George Seldes, James A. Wechsler, and many others found themselves the subjects of FBI investigations and, occasionally, named on the Bureau's "custodial detention index," targeted for arrest in the case of a national emergency. With experience as a political reporter, a press secretary, and a scholar and professor of journalism and public relations, Matthew Cecil is uniquely qualified to conduct us through the maze of political intrigue and influence peddling that markand often maskthe history of the FBI. His work serves as a cautionary tale about how manipulative government agents and compliant journalists can undermine the very institutions and ideals they are tasked with protecting. --Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cecil, Matthew
Dewey number
363.25092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8144.F43
LC item number
C426 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Government and the press
  • Public relations
  • Hoover, J. Edgar
  • United States
Label
Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate : the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image, Matthew Cecil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- The FBI's ongoing crisis of legitimacy -- A Bureau built for public relations -- Enforcing the Bureau's image of restraint -- Silencing a "useful citizen" -- Investigating critics on the left -- Dividing the press -- Engaging defenders in the press -- Corresponding with friends in the press -- Managing friends in the broadcast media -- Renewing the FBI story in Bureau-authorized books -- Building a television audience -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index
Control code
862053004
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780700619467
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013035680
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)862053004
Label
Hoover's FBI and the fourth estate : the campaign to control the press and the Bureau's image, Matthew Cecil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- The FBI's ongoing crisis of legitimacy -- A Bureau built for public relations -- Enforcing the Bureau's image of restraint -- Silencing a "useful citizen" -- Investigating critics on the left -- Dividing the press -- Engaging defenders in the press -- Corresponding with friends in the press -- Managing friends in the broadcast media -- Renewing the FBI story in Bureau-authorized books -- Building a television audience -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index
Control code
862053004
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780700619467
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013035680
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)862053004

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