Wilson: Centralizing Executive Information

  • Stephen Ponder


President Woodrow Wilson, Taft’s successor, long has been recognized for his attempts to use the press to appeal for public support. Wilson held the first sustained, regularly scheduled presidential press conferences between 1913 and 1915. In 1917, after U.S. entry into World War I, Wilson created the nation’s first ministry of information, the Committee on Public Information, to launch a propaganda campaign to persuade U.S. citizens to support the war effort.1


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