The Committee on Public Information’s prevalence during the first world war came about because of George Creel’s efforts in creating American propaganda. Creel’s mission was to gain supporters for the United States’ involvement in World War I. Creel, being a massive supporter of Woodrow Wilson, used the CPI to help Wilson’s cause with propaganda at home and abroad. The CPI’s efforts also extended into the censorship of newspapers. This involved editors agreeing to not run stories that could affect Woodrow Wilson’s campaign for progressivism. His work seemed to have payed off, considering his supporters credited CPI for lining up American public opinion behind the war effort.
Source: “George Creel.” American Government. ABC-CLIO, 2016. Web. 6 Mar. 2016