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In the end, the newspaper's deceptive view prevailed. But in this engrossing, moving, and frightening account, national award-winning journalist Jerry Bledsoe takes readers into the classroom to show what actually happened and behind the scenes as college officials, students and instructors attempted to deal with the crisis. More than that, this book tells the story of an honorable man, Jack Perdue, the regional historian and preservationist who organized the course and died of a heart attack during the controversy, the victim, his family, friends and students believed, of irresponsible journalism and political correctness. Death by Journalism? raises important questions about free speech, academic freedom, racial politics and news media integrity. It should be required reading for anybody who cares about honest and accountable journalism.
|Part 1||Heritage & History||11|
|Part 2||War in North Carolina||35|
|Part 3||Civil Wrongs||91|
Posted March 13, 2002
I PURCHASED THE BOOK LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS HARD TO PUT DOWN. THE BOOK'S BASIS IS FRESH IN MY MEMORY AS I REMEMBER THE STORY AS IT WAS FIRST REPORTED. I SUSPECTED THE YELLOW ANGLE BUT THERE WAS NOTHING THAT I COULD DO. THANKS TO JERRY FOR EXPOSING WHAT MOST PEOPLE KNOW IF THEY HAVE DONE 'BUSINESS' WITH THE PRESS. I HAVE SEEN GOOD JOURNALISM AND I HAVE SEEN BAD. TRUST ME IT HAPPENS! IF THERE IS A SOCIAL ISSUE THAT THE REPORTER HAS AN OPINION ON OR HIS EDITORIAL STAFF HAS AN OPINION ON THEN ISSUES AT TIMES ARE NOT EVENLY CONSIDERED. I AM AN ELECTED OFFICIAL AND I HAVE BEEN THERE! GREAT JOB JERRY AND THANKS FOR EXPOSING THE DARK SIDE OF JOURNALISM! LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT BOOK!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.