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Media Coverage of Post-War U.S. Presidents

The post-war period in the United States was largely defined as the years from 1945 until the early 1960s. Having just emerged victorious from the Second World War, the United States enjoyed a sense of invulnerability. This euphoric era was reflected in much of the media’s coverage of both present and former U.S. presidents, such as Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson. This post-war period of media coverage began to wane in the 1960s, when President John F. Kennedy’s assassination introduced a new concept to post-war America – vulnerability. This vulnerability shaped the Nixon administration.