Dark Days in the Newsroom: McCarthyism Aimed at the Press

Dark Days in the Newsroom: McCarthyism Aimed at the Press

by Edward Alwood
     
 

Dark Days in the Newsroom traces how journalists became radicalized during the Depression era, only to become targets of Senator Joseph McCarthy and like-minded anti-Communist crusaders during the 1950s. Edward Alwood, a former news correspondent, describes this remarkable story of conflict, principle, and personal sacrifice with noticeable élan. He shows how McCarthy… See more details below

Overview

Dark Days in the Newsroom traces how journalists became radicalized during the Depression era, only to become targets of Senator Joseph McCarthy and like-minded anti-Communist crusaders during the 1950s. Edward Alwood, a former news correspondent, describes this remarkable story of conflict, principle, and personal sacrifice with noticeable élan. He shows how McCarthy's minions pried inside newsrooms thought to be sacrosanct under the First Amendment, and details how some journalists mounted a heroic defense of freedom of the press while others secretly enlisted in the government's anti-communist crusade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592133420
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Alwood is Associate Professor of Journalism at Quinnipiac University and former correspondent for CNN. He is the author of Straight News: Gays, Lesbians, and the News Media.

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Awakening the Newsroom     12
The Politics of Anticommunism     24
Prelude to an Investigation     40
Reds in the Newsroom     51
The Specter of McCarthy     65
Dark Clouds over the Newsroom     80
The Investigation     95
Deeper Trouble     108
Journalists and the First Amendment     122
Living with the Legacy     138
Epilogue     149
Notes     155
Selected Bibliography     191
Index     195

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