Podcasts, Interviews, Speeches and Articles In Print

Manipulating The Masses

John Maxwell Hamilton's latest book (October 2020), Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda, is a detailed history of the rise of American government propaganda, which took place during World War I. That history, replete with partisan tendentiousness and fake news, reveals the roots of political discourse today.

The Origin of American Government Propganda, and the Lessons For Our Democracy Today, discussion, USC Center for Public Diplomacy, Feburary 2, 2021

Enemy Talk to Fake News: Wilson and the Origins of Modern Government Propaganda, speech, Woodrow Wilson House Museum, January 12, 2020

The Committee on Public Information, Woodrow Wilson and the Origins of the U.S. Government Propaganda Machine, speech, DACOR, An Organization of Foreign Affairs Professionals, speech, November 13, 2020

“Author Q&A on the Birth of ‘Fake News’ a Century Ago,” interview, Real Clear Politics, November 15, 2020.

“New Book Explores the Roots of U.S. Propaganda,” interview, International Center for Journalists, November 16, 2020

“Meet the Author: John Maxwell Hamilton,” interview, USC Center for Public Diplomacy, November 10, 2020.

Sad! A brief history of White House propaganda from Teddy Roosevelt to Donald Trump,” article in print with co-author Kevin Kosar, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. November 12, 2020. 

How American Government Propaganda Was Born, article in print, NPR Marketplace, October, 2020

American Governmental Propaganda Started in WWI but Thrives Today, podcast, Spectrum, October, 2020

Manipulating the Masses: The Roots of the Modern Government Propaganda Machine, speech, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, October 13, 2020

Call It What It Is: Propaganda, article in print with co-author Kevin Kosar, Politico October, 8, 2020

Information Literacy: The Threat of Misinformation in the Era of COVID-19, speech, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 2020

'Fake' News Then Part 1, November, 2019

'Fake' News Then Part 2, November, 2019

Journalism's Roving Eye

John Maxwell Hamilton's book, Journalism's Roving Eye: A history of American Reporting Abroad, won the Goldsmith Prize. The concept of using foreign correspondents housed in other countries to help inform the American public of the news is a concept that goes back to Colonial days.

Yet today, news organizations have drastically cut back on full-time correspondents abroad opting instead for a smaller reporting corps and the use of free-lancers and citizen journalists.

So says long-time journalists and authors John Maxwell Hamilton and Peter Copeland as they discussed the history, present and future of using foreign correspondents to report news to America.

Foreign Correspondents Have Played Critical Roles in American Journalism November, 2019, WOUB Public Media at Ohio University

This Just In - George Washington University April 19, 2010

The Current Canadian Broadcasting Corp. - January 28, 2010

A History of American Foreign Reporting, C-SPAN, November 17, 2009

Other Media


In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace, Colloquium, April 6, 2017
Centennial Lusitania Sinking, May 7,2015
Carnegie-Columbia Report, October 15, 2013
Foreign News Coverage and Diplomacy, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, February 20, 2013
Kennedy's War, May 08, 2012
Journalism Director's Forum, February 09, 2010
The Role of Media in the US, Riz Kahn Show – Al Jazeera, January 14, 2010
Worldfocus, November 11, 2009
NY Roving Eye Speech
NY Roving Eye Speech (part2), November 10, 2009
C-SPAN, November 14, 2000
Cassanova Was A Booklover, BookTV, November 3, 2000

Assignment Africa, 1986

Articles in print:

In 2016, we're going to campaign like it's 1916, Washington Post, January 2, 2015
Happy 100th birthday, information warfare, Washington Post, August 1, 2014
Fox, CNN Spar Over Choices In Covering Libya, NPR, March 22, 2011
The Best Books on American Foreign Reporting, FiveBooks.com, March 27, 2010
J-School Dean/Author Portrays Colorful Past of Foreign Correspondents, National Press Club, September 16, 2009

Radio Interviews:

This Just In, George Washington University April 19, 2010
The Current,  Canadian Broadcasting Corp. January 28, 2010