Michael's Dispatches

Galactic Collisions

24 February 2009
Want to see a time when the press and the President really clashed with the media?  When was it?  World War I?  World War II?  Korea?  Vietnam?  Iraq I?  Iraq II?  (Definitely not Afghanistan, where the press practically handed out free candy and foot massages for over five years.) 
This story on Press vs. Abraham Lincoln gives a glimpse.  One of America's greatest Sons and Leaders had his hands full with the newspapers!
Also, the whole Newseum website is outstanding.  I have visited the actual Newseum in Washington D.C. and highly recommend taking your kids.  Very educational and fun.  I even did an NPR interview there.
There are some nice condos just next the Newseum, but D.C. is for rich people and not poor war correspondents!


# Dave Darnell 2009-02-25 03:42
Contemporary comments on the Gettysburg Address:

Harrisburg Patriot and Union: "We pass over the silly remarks of the President; for the credit of the Nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of."

Chicago Times: "The cheeks of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances."

Pretty much says it all
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# STDog 2009-02-25 07:34
"One of America's greatest Sons and Leaders had his hands full with the newspapers!"

Wrong. He destroyed the union. No longer is this country a voluntary union of states. Now it's like a gang, once you join there is no way out. It marked the beginning of the end of state sovereignty and limited federal powers.
Instead the federal government became supreme and all encompassing.

Prior to Lincoln, most states though they could leave the "union" if the wanted, and several northern states had threatened to do just that.
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# Tbird 2009-02-27 02:07
Lincoln and the press.
Opposition newpapers.
He ordered the newspapers shut down. Threw the editors in jail and, having suspended the writ of habeas corpus, kept them there as long as he want to without due process.
Somebody's been reading too much of Doris Kearns Goodwin slavish prose.
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