Naval War College Review


The far left and the far right have some- thing in common, especially when their enemies hold the White House. They each tend to think that the president can get away with anything, because he controls the media and the media con- trols the public, especially when it comes to issues of war. Professor Steven Casey of the London School of Eco- nomics actually knows something about this topic, usually the realm of strong opinions based on strong prejudice. In 2000 Casey wrote perhaps the most perceptive study ever published on presidential policy and public opinion during World War II.