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date: 28 March 2020

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This chapter examines First World War propaganda and its aftermath. Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information (CPI) created the template for government and corporate propaganda that is still with us today, albeit in more sociologically and technologically advanced forms. The primary focus of the article is on the multiple roles young Walter Lippmann played during and after the war, initially as an ardent supporter and advisor to the administration, then as an army propagandist, and subsequently as a vehement critic of the CPI. Wilson’s role in the peace negotiations, and of censorship and propaganda more generally, is expressed in two immediate postwar publications, “A Test of the News” (with Charles Merz) and Liberty and the News.

Keywords: corporate propaganda, government propaganda, war propaganda, censorship, committee on public information, liberty, Second World War, Walter Lippmann

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