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"There is a growing unhappiness about the direction of news coverage. Readers and viewers want 'objectivity' back. The first step toward doing that is to understand where 'objective' journalism came from in the first place. Just the Facts is a good place to begin."
-Jonathan Alter,The Washington Monthly
"Superb. . . . Mindich links history to contemporary practice by examining the current debate about objectivity through his 100-year-old lens."
-Steve Weinberg,The Christian Science Monitor
"Taking a fresh, panoramic view of objectivity, David Mindich improves our understanding of a key journalistic concept. This perceptive book offers both intriguing stories and a helpful historical framework for current debates on press performance."
-Jeffery Smith,University of Iowa
"Few issues are as central to our understanding of journalism as the debate over objectivity. In this original and engaging book, David Mindich extends our understanding of it in many directions."
-Mitchell Stephens,author of A History of News
"Refreshing, imaginative and thoughtful, David Mindich here reveals intriguing pictures of America's past as he probes terrain generally obscured beneath unquestioned generalizations. He takes readers on a guided tour of nineteenth-century American culture and journalism as he explores changes in print news structure and presentation through a focus on reportage of major events and ideas across nearly seven decades.”
-Hazel Dicken-Garcia,Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota