The Evolution of the Government-Media Relationship During the Cold War

During the 1960s and 1970s, there was a fundamental transformation in American attitude and opinion of their government which can be documented and examined through the American press and media. By comparing the role of the press, pre-1960, to the role of the press during the 1960s and 1970s, we can observe how and why it changed over the course of these two turbulent decades.

The Watergate Complex located in Washington D.C. — The home of the infamous political scandal involving President Richard Nixon and his “plumbers” who burglarized the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in 1972. Image from Wikimedia Commons