Inside Media: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Presidential Power

February 25, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Knight TV Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free with Newseum admission.
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Author Mary Graham talks about her new book “Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power,” which highlights three moments in history when the need for secrecy and openness clashed and when presidents’ choices altered American democracy: how the framers of the Constitution created a culture of openness that endured for more than a century; how the fear of communism led to a structure of peacetime secrecy; and how decades of excessive secrecy and revelation of abuses began a process of embedding presidents’ hidden exploits in checks by Congress and the courts.

The book also chronicles the steps and missteps of modern-day presidents that suggest a road map for presidential secrecy and openness in the digital age.

Inside Media programs are made possible with generous support from Kate Headline in honor of her husband Bill Headline, CNN Washington bureau chief from 1983 to 1996.

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