Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11: Top Journalists Speak Out

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In Into the Buzzsaw, the award-winning exposé of investigative journalism, Kristina Borgesson shattered the silence about efforts to quash the public's right to know the truth. In Feet to the Fire, she breaks new ground by offering candid, often alarming conversations with America's most distinguished journalists and news executives, revealing what they really think about the companies they work for and each other, the Bush administration, their pre-Iraq war and war coverage, ...
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Overview

In Into the Buzzsaw, the award-winning exposé of investigative journalism, Kristina Borgesson shattered the silence about efforts to quash the public's right to know the truth. In Feet to the Fire, she breaks new ground by offering candid, often alarming conversations with America's most distinguished journalists and news executives, revealing what they really think about the companies they work for and each other, the Bush administration, their pre-Iraq war and war coverage, and much more.
Focusing on the post 9/11 crisis period, Borjesson has interviewed ABC’s Ted Koppel, Hearst Newspaper’s Helen Thomas, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, Associated Press President/CEO Tom Curley, Harpers publisher John MacArthur, and many others. This collection of masterful interviews unveils a journalistic environment that rivals any long-running soap opera on television. Filled with astonishing personal stories, conflict, and drama, Feet to the Fire gives readers the rare opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of this nation’s most powerful journalists and news executives and experience their highly stressful environments.
With each new and revealing interview, Borjesson gathers devastating details from national security and intelligence reporters, White House journalists, Middle East experts, war correspondents, and others. Like pieces of a terrible puzzle, these conversations combine to provide a hair-raising view of the mechanisms by which the truth has been manufactured post 9/11.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In [this] engrossing anthology of interviews with journalists, the Emmy-winning investigative reporter takes on what she views as the profession's loss of nerve…It's an alarming collection that raises a multitude of disconcerting questions about the state of the news media—and a paucity of answers….An unabashed critic of the war [with Iraq], Borjesson sets her sights on the media during its run-up. What she finds is an institution that failed in its duty to question officialdom, separate truth from lies and duly inform the public…compelling reading in the current context, as each new and dismal dispatch from Iraq gives the book an ominous frisson…Borjesson has performed a valuable service by holding the media's feet to the fire. Perhaps it's time someone did the same to the American public."
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"In her latest book, author Kristina Borjesson goes straight to the sources--21 of war journalism's heavy hitters. Feet to the Fire…is an exhaustive collective critique--by the likes of Walter Pincus, Ted Koppel, Ron Suskind, Anthony Shadid, and Chris Hedges--of the way American media covered recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East."
- Editor & Publisher
"Thoughtful questions asked during individual meetings...gave reporters emotional and intellectual space for candor - or as close to it as we're likely to see.... Each interview is substantial and followed by elaborative notes."
- Library Journal

"...this book is full of such insightful commentary..."
- Publishers Weekly

Booklist
"Borjesson offers a penetrating look at how top reporters regard the efforts by themselves and their colleagues to cover the war and the efforts of the administration to conceal or obfuscate."
October 1, 2005
Library Journal
Award-winning investigative reporter Borjesson (Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press) probes the minds (and hearts) of 21 of the nation's leading journalists from television, print, and radio concerning events following 9/11, including the march to war. Thoughtful questions asked during individual meetings with these men and women in 2004-05 gave reporters emotional and intellectual space for candor-or as close to it as we're likely to see. Borjesson chose veterans of the caliber of Ted Koppel (ABC), Helen Thomas (White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers for 40 years), and Deborah Amos (NPR), as well as such men as Juan Cole, a blogger and Mideast specialist at the University of Michigan who had followed al Qaeda for years and describes how almost nobody took his observations seriously before 9/11. Each interview is substantial and followed by elaborative notes. Though the subjects presented here make this work suitable for many libraries, the degree of detail presented, as well as the length, limit suitability to libraries maintaining significant collections on the media or contemporary U.S. history.-Ari Sigal, Catawba Valley Community Coll. Lib., Hickory, NC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591023432
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristina Borjesson is an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning investigative reporter, who has worked for CBS and CNN.
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