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Podcast: The Press is the Enemy

Spiro Agnew, vice president to Richard Nixon.

“Never forget, the press is the enemy, the press is the enemy…write that on the blackboard 100 times.”
-President Richard Nixon

50 years ago today, on November 13, 1969, Spiro Agnew delivered the most famous speech ever given by a vice president. His message: the media is biased.

President Nixon was getting beaten up by the press, and in response, his administration had been trying to undercut the credibility of the media, especially television news.

The war between politicians and the media has a long history. Today on the podcast, the story of Agnew’s speech. Also, the story of Adlai Stevenson, a presidential candidate doomed to fail on this new-fangled thing called television.

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