Presidential Scandals, Coverage of

From the partisan press to the digital age, press coverage of presidential scandals has been constant watchdog of White House misconduct and corruption as a mainstay of American journalism. While the sensational elements and public desire for such coverage often distract from factual reporting of administration policies and accomplishments, the resulting historical record impacts a president’s legacy. Presidential scandals involve personal misconduct or political corruption by a president or associates that attract media coverage and influence public opinion. This entry examines famous presidential scandals from the early 19th-century scandals that plagued Andrew Jackson to the multiple scandals that dominated the presidency of Donald Trump.

Andrew Jackson—An Adulterous Marriage?

In the election of 1828, supporters of John Quincy Adams attacked the people’s favorite general Andrew Jackson, who lost ...

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