Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Media Criticism / Edition 2

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Overview

Killing the Messenger has long been a popular resource for readers eager to experience the best media criticism of the past century. Selections are chosen from magazines, journals, official reports, public speeches, and books that have been long out of print and cover a range of issues: the inadequacy of the press to police themselves, the importance of ethics and training, the problem of bias and sensationalism, and the threat of censorship.

Pieces by Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, Joseph Pulitzer, Upton Sinclair, Spiro Agnew, George Seldes, and John Hersey, among others, are now joined by A. J. Liebling's early warning of the dangers of media consolidation, Will Irwin's analysis of journalism's growing power and pervasiveness, Daniel P. Moynihan's look at the changing relationship between the press and the presidency in 1971, Robert Darnton's essay on creative license, and Leo C. Rosten's statistical survey of the sociological makeup of newspaper correspondents in 1930s Washington and the effect of a journalist's "psychology" on the character of his reporting.

Killing the Messenger serves as a valuable reminder that criticizing the press is an old and invaluable tradition in our country and that many of today's issues have their roots in these fascinating and provocative examples of early criticism.

Columbia University Press

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An anthology of some of the most provocative writing about the press that has been done in this century. The contributors include Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Pulitzer, Upton Sinclair, Louis Brandeis, Spiro Agnew, and John Hersey. Has brief introductions and headnotes. On media ownership concentration, inadequate self-policing, sensationalizing and censoring the news, reporter training. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231118330
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Goldstein has been a journalism professor for more than two decades and has served as dean of the schools of journalism at Columbia University and at the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a reporter at several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and is the author of The News at Any Costand A Two-Faced Press.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Reporting on Public and Private Matters     1
The Right to Privacy   Samuel Warren   Louis Brandeis     3
Editorials from the Emporia Gazette, 1901-1921   William Allen White     18
The Press and the Individual   George Seldes     22
The Power of the Press and How to Curb It     43
The American Newspaper: A Study of Journalism in Relation to the Public   Will Irwin     45
Selection from The Brass Check   Upton Sinclair     62
Selection from the "Report of the Commission on Freedom of the Press   Robert Maynard Hutchins     79
The End of Free Lunch   A. J. Liebling     93
Journalists and Their Biases-Conscious or Not?     101
The Man with the Muckrake   Theodore Roosevelt     105
Speeches on the Media   Spiro Agnew     112
The Presidency and the Press   Daniel P. Moynihan     131
A Test of the News   Walter Lippmann   Charles Merz     154
Telling Stories: Facts, Truth, and the News     173
Writing News and Telling Stories   Robert Darnton     175
Newspapers and the Truth   FrederickLewis Allen     198
The Legend on the License   John Hersey     213
Making the Press Professional     233
Selections from the College of Journalism   Joseph Pulitzer     235
The Social Composition of Washington Correspondents   Leo C. Rosten     245
The Role of the Mass Media in Reporting of News about Minorities$dCommission on Civil Disorders     253
Index     279
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