Tension between government and press has existed since the founding of our nation. It is not an accident that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with the issue specifically.
These tensions flared from time to time but generally eased. In the end the sides worked through their differences because the public expected it and it was the right thing to do.
In the 20th century, the field of public relations changed the nature of the relationship between government and the press. Government disseminated information in ways and times meant to optimize public opinion, even if optimizing public opinion meant simply minimizing negative press.
The press responded by becoming more prosecutorial, probing to find that which had been obscured or withheld. Again, in the end the sides reached an accommodation, uneasy at times, as each got comfortable with the new rules of the game.
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