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MenckenThe American Iconoclast$
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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(p.437) 42 MENCKEN AS BOSS

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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This chapter focuses on the influence a popular president like Franklin D. Roosevelt had on the press, and the danger of journalists' reliance on White House handouts and propaganda. To mitigate this, Mencken became editor of the Baltimore Evening Sun. His tireless energy and daily denunciation of FDR not only stressed out the staff, but also himself. Mencken was also concerned over stories coming out of Hitler's Berlin, and decided to go there to see for himself what exactly was going on. He was convinced that the negative stories he heard were the same kind of propaganda he witnessed during World War I.

Keywords:   journalism, New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt, editorials, Berlin

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