News Coverage of the presidency and presidential elections has changed for the worse between the Kennedy and Clinton Administrations. Liebovich traces the forces that have led the media to zero in on titillating scandals and encouraged presidential attempts to bend the media to its will. The result is a corrosive spiral of sour mistrust pitting the White House against the Press Corps, and interfering with the real work at hand: responsibly reporting news to the citizenry, and running the most powerful country on earth. Updated and revised to include the Lewinski scandal, Clinton's impeachment, and the remarkable 2000 election, Liebovich presents an insightful examination of the causes of the popular revulsion to present-day politics. Clearly written and thorough, this revised 1998 Choice Outstanding Academic Book award-winner is the only scholarly book examining the complex and changing relationship between the press and the presidency in the later twentieth century. This is an unparalleled administration-by-administration introduction to the intricate workings of two of the most powerful and influential forces at work today in American politics, written with students of communications, U.S. history, and contemporary American politics in mind. Scholars will find Liebovich's meticulous research and notes valuable, and his narrative of the press's movement from an ethos of balanced reporting to unstinting criticism of the presidency convincing.