Killing the Messenger: One Hundred Years of Media Criticism (revised edition)

Killing the Messenger: One Hundred Years of Media Criticism (revised edition)

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Killing the Messenger has long been a popular resource for readers eager to experience the best media criticism of the past century. Selections are chosen from magazines, journals, official reports, public speeches, and books that have been long out of print and cover a range of issues: the inadequacy of the press to police themselves, the importance of ethics and training, the problem of bias and sensationalism, and the threat of censorship. Pieces by Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, Joseph Pulitzer, Upton Sinclair, Spiro Agnew, George Seldes, and John Hersey, among others, are now joined by A. J. Liebling's early warning of the dangers of media consolidation, Will Irwin's analysis of journalism's growing power and pervasiveness, Daniel P. Moynihan's look at the changing relationship between the press and the presidency in 1971, Robert Darnton's essay on creative license, and Leo C. Rosten's statistical survey of the sociological makeup of newspaper correspondents in 1930s Washington and the effect of a journalist's "psychology" on the character of his reporting. Killing the Messenger serves as a valuable reminder that criticizing the press is an old and invaluable tradition in our country and that many of today's issues have their roots in these fascinating and provocative examples of early criticism.

About Author

Tom Goldstein has been a journalism professor for more than two decades and has served as dean of the schools of journalism at Columbia University and at the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a reporter at several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and is the author of The News at Any Costand A Two-Faced Press.


Preface Part 1. Reporting on Public and Private Matters The Right to Privacy, by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis Editorials from the Emporia Gazette, 1901-1921, by William Allen White The Press and the Individual, by George Seldes Part 2. The Power of the Press and How to Curb It The American Newspaper: A Study of Journalism in Relation to the Public, by Will Irwin Selection from The Brass Check, by Upton Sinclair Selection from the "Report of the Commission on Freedom of the Press", by Robert Maynard Hutchins The End of Free Lunch, by A. J. Liebling Part 3. Journalists and Their Biases-Conscious or Not? The Man with the Muckrake, by Theodore Roosevelt Speeches on the Media, by Spiro Agnew The Presidency and the Press, by Daniel P. Moynihan A Test of the News, by Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz Part 4. Telling Stories: Facts, Truth, and the News Writing News and Telling Stories, by Robert Darnton Newspapers and the Truth, by Frederick Lewis Allen The Legend on the License, by John Hersey Part 5. Making the Press Professional Selections from the College of Journalism, by Joseph Pulitzer The Social Composition of Washington Correspondents, by Leo C. Rosten The Role of the Mass Media in Reporting of News about Minorities, by Commission on Civil Disorders Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231118330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780231118330
  • ISBN10: 0231118333
  • edition: revised edition

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