chapter  2
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Political Public Relations: Remembering Its Roots and Classics

WithDiana Knott Martinelli

Although many people who hear the term political public relations may think it is synonymous with propaganda, most public relations scholars today would strongly disagree. The latter term, coined in 1622 by the Catholic Church, was not originally associated with deception or “selective history,” but it has become increasingly considered “subversive falsehood” (Miller, 2005). Indeed, propaganda in its negative sense has been part of government communications throughout the ages, and scholars have underscored the di erences between it and political PR.