Progressive Media Propoganda
Betrayal of Taft by Roosevelt due to arrogance.Taft thrust into politics largely against his will.The meltdown of McCure's Magazine.
This book appears to me as an attempted vindication and rationalization of government and media collusion that is so common today. Numerous times the author laments that many of the progressive initiatives of Roosevelt did not go far enough. Despite the obviousness of the political views of Ms. Kearns Goodwin, it is fairly entertaining profile of a very familiar sounding charismatic progressive whose arrogance and outsized ego became his undoing. This character flaw ultimately compelled him to betray a lifelong friend in favor of continued power, only to be rebuffed by voters, and ultimately dooming the presidential ambitions of both. The characterization of the media is also familiar, as it details the morphing of journalists from impartial reporters of the news to advocates of causes and political agents of politicians. Naturally, the author celebrates this transition because of the consistent support for progressive causes. Bottom line, it was enlightening and worth the time, even if I happen not to agree with the authors conclusions or interpretations on many points.
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