Poisoning the Press Author to Visit MSU, Mankato

Investigative journalist Mark Feldstein will lecture students in “Poisoning the Press: The Media and Washington’s Scandal Culture”

Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Modern Scandal Culture By Mark Feldstein Hardcover, 480 pages (book cover image)

Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Modern Scandal Culture
By Mark Feldstein (Photo from Macmillan website)

Story by: Jamie Soule

Mankato, MINN.—The scandal culture of Nixon’s presidential term described in Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture will be presented by its author Mark Feldstein as part of Media Day at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Apr. 16 at 7 p.m.

Mark Feldstein photo

Mark Feldstein is an experienced investigative journalist and award-winning author (Photo from UMD website)

Feldstein’s lecture, titled “Poisoning the Press: The Media and Washington’s Scandal Culture,” will comment on the points of his 2010 national award-winning book. Poisoning the Press examines the government’s conspiracy against the press, specifically during the Watergate scandal between President Nixon and columnist Jack Anderson. According to the book publisher’s comments, “[The Nixon administration’s] vendetta symbolized and accelerated the growing conflict between the government and the press, a clash that would long outlive both men.”

Feldstein worked as an investigative journalist for 20 years with two of the “Big 4” networks, CNN and ABC. He is now the Richard Eaton Broadcast Journalism Professor at the University of Maryland.

As an investigative journalist, Feldstein has endured punishments internationally for disclosing information. He was detained and censored by Egyptian authorities and escorted out of Haiti by armed guards. His published information has also led to resignations, firings, multi-million dollar fines and prison terms.

Feldstein has also testified as an expert witness on First Amendment issues in court and before Congress. He has published in papers like the Washington Post and peer-reviewed journals such as American Journalism Review.

MSU’s Media Day scholarship reception will begin at 3 p.m. in CSU 253-5. Afterward, Feldstein will address journalism students and the Society of Professional Journalists from 4 to 5 p.m. in the same location before his lecture in the auditorium. All of these events are free.

Feldstein’s visit to MSU is possible thanks to a grant from the Nadine B. Andreas Foundation.

Feldstein’s “Poisoning the Press” lecture will be held in Ostrander Auditorium on Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m.

Contact: Jamie Soule
MSU Mass Media Student
jamie.soule@mnsu.edu

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