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 modern "Information State." The Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School awarded Manipulating the Masses the 2021 Goldsmith Book Prize. The book was also selected by the American Journalism Historians Association as the 2021 Book of the Year. Hamilton previously won both awards with his book Journalism's Roving Eye

Civics 101: Propaganda, New Hampshire Public Radio, November 2022

The Propaganda Episode, Rothermere American Institute, July 2022

War Propaganda, Sveriges Radio, June 2022

Writer's Forum: John Maxwell Hamilton, WRBH Reading Radio, May 2022

The Origins of American Propaganda, The Propwatch Project, May 2022

Propaganda War, The Committee on Public Information and World War, November 2021

The Birth of American Propaganda, The Spycast Podcast, November 2021

Woodrow Wilson's Ministry of Propaganda, Journalism History, August 2021

Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda, American Purpose, June 2021

The History and Modern-Day Presence of American Propaganda, Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 2021

First Monday Forum with Author John Hamilton, Public Diplomacy Council, May 2021

The Birth and Legacy of American Propaganda, Overseas Press Club of America, April 2021 

The Question of Propaganda, The Eva Haller Saturday Salon, April 2021

Manipulating the Masses, National World War I Museum and Memorial, January 2021

The Origin of American Government Propaganda, and the Lessons For Our Democracy Today, USC Center for Public Diplomacy, February 2021

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

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

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

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

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

How American Government Propaganda Was Born, NPR Marketplace, October 2020

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

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

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


"Herbert Corey's Great War" gives insights into being a reporter in WWI, WOUB Public Media, November 2022

Articles In Print:

Where is the Charles Evans Hughes of 2021? RealClear Politics, co-authored with Bruce Sanford, May 2021

In 2016, we're going to campaign like its 1916, Washington Post, January 2015

Happy 100th Birthday, Information Warfare, Washington Post, August 2014

Fox, CNN Spar Over Choices in Covering Libya, NPR, March 2011

J-School Dean and Author Portrays Colorful Past of Foreign Correspondents, National Press Club, Sept. 2009


How the U.S. Diplomatic Corps Became Worthy of a Great Power, Council of American Ambassadors, October 2021

Discussions at Versailles, National WWI Museum, August 8, 2019

U.S. Entry Into World War I, CSPAN, April 6, 2017

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 9, 2012

Journalism Director's Forum, February 09, 2010

The Role of Media in the US, Riz Kahn Show – Al Jazeera, January 14, 2010

Analyzing media coverage and embeds in U.S. conflicts, Worldfocus, November 11, 2009

Cassanova Was A Booklover, BookTV, November 3, 2000

New York Times Washington Literary Lunch, May 21, 2000

Download or Die: The Future of E-Publishing, CSPAN, September 25, 2000

Assignment Africa, 1986

Radio Interviews:

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