Covering Mccarthyism

Covering Mccarthyism

by Lawrence N. Strout
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313310912

ISBN-13: 9780313310911

Pub. Date: 09/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Strout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and McCarthyism from the Senator's Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through his in-depth examination of the Monitor's interoffice communications, Strout examines how the Monitor's

Overview

Strout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and McCarthyism from the Senator's Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through his in-depth examination of the Monitor's interoffice communications, Strout examines how the Monitor's coverage compared with other elite and popular press newspapers and how the pressures associated with McCarthyism affected individuals at the Monitor.

An extensive review of the Monitor's editorials and news articles suggests that it was remarkably thorough and fair in its reporting, while still being outspoken, but responsible in its criticism. While many newspapers attacked McCarthy personally, the Monitor concentrated on the actions of the junior senator and the negative effects they were having at home and abroad. As Strout sees it, the Monitor served as a voice of moderation, while simultaneously being a persistent critic of McCarthy's tactics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310911
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1999
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications Series
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1800L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1950: McCarthyism Begins

1951: McCarthy's Character Assassinations

1952: McCarthy in the National Spotlight

1953: McCarthy versus the Press and the Eisenhower Administration

1954: McCarthy's Demise

The Legacy: The Monitor and McCarthy

Bibliography

Index

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