Oct 21, 2020

The WWI roots of modern-day government spin

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When does public communication become government propaganda? We can learn something by looking back to the World War I-era Committee on Public Information from the Wilson administration. Plus, the latest on the antitrust case against Google.

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How American government propaganda was born

A new book sees the roots of modern government persuasion in a World War I-era agency.
The media during the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. A new book by John Maxwell Hamilton sees the origins of modern government persuasion in a World War I-era office set up by the Woodrow Wilson administration in 1917.
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Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director