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Writing JFK

Presidential Rhetoric and the Press in the Bay of Pigs Crisis

Thomas W. Benson (author)

ISBN: 9781585442812

Publication Date: Dec 2003

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Following the dramatic Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, President John F. Kennedy moved to repair the damage the invasion had done to his image and his relations with the press. This work examines two speeches and a press conference held by JFK in the days after the crisis.
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Following the dramatic Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, President John F. Kennedy moved to repair the damage the invasion had done to his image and to his relations with the press. Thomas W. Benson examines two speeches and a press conference held by JFK in the days after the crisis, shedding light on how the structures of speech writing influence the texts of the speeches and policy formation, as well as the ways the press mediates and even helps to formulate presidential rhetoric. Writing JFK provides the full text of both speeches and the press conference, as well as Benson's analysis of what would come to be known as "spin control." He demonstrates how the speeches display the implicit collaboration of Kennedy with his speech writers and the press to create a depiction of Kennedy as a political and moral agent. A central feature of the book is Benson's exploration of "the enormous power of the presidency to compel press restraint and to command the powers of publicity." The resulting insight into the relationship among the press, politics, and public policy will appeal to all those interested in political communication, the power of the American president, and the legacy of JFK.

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... a wonderful example of first-rate scholarship by a first-rate scholar. -Richard J. Jensen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Illustrations frontispiece, bibliography, index
Pages 128
Date Published 31 Dec 2003
Publisher Texas A&M University Press
Series Library of Presidential Rhetoric
Subject/s History of the Americas   Semantics   Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000   Political leaders & leadership  

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