People's Witness: The Journalist in Modern Politics

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"Political journalists are central figures in the titanic struggles of modern history, not only telling us about events but also interpreting them and shaping our views. This book explores the relationship between journalism and politics in the twentieth century and tells the stories of the journalists - both good and bad - who have played major roles." "Fred Inglis tracks the flamboyant biographies of giants of the genre, from the early newspapermen during the Russian revolution to those that reported on the Spanish Civil War, the hideous discoveries at Dachau, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He scrutinises news proprietors such as Joseph Pulitzer, Katharine Graham, and Rupert Murdoch; writer journalists like George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, Andre Malraux, and Martha Gellhorn; and journalists of conscience - William Shirer in Nazi Germany, James Cameron in Asia, Neil Sheehan in Vietnam, Norman Mailer at the Pentagon, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein after Watergate, and others. Inglis examines the great pioneers of broadcast news journalism, notably Ed Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Alistair Cooke, as well as such celebrated BBC television journalists as John Cole and John Simpson. He explores the relations between political journalists and their all-powerful proprietors and exposes fascinating instances of pomposity, misjudgment, and downright untruthfulness as well as moments of courage and responsibility." Fred Inglis is professor of cultural studies at the University of Sheffield.
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Editorial Reviews

Victor Navasky
Inglis is one of the rare writers about journalism . . . who combine a thorough knowledge of media theory with a bursting curiosity about journalistic practice.
Library Journal
According to Inglis (Univ. of Sheffield), who has written for the Nation, the New Statesman, and other publications, those who report the events of today are shaping the politics and history of tomorrow. This detailed and revealing account of the major players in journalistic history is introduced with precision timing into a society quick to question the media's intent and power. Inglis details the impact journalists can and have had on the outcomes of war or on the general opinions of war. He shares intriguing and often poignant glimpses into the passion, occasional arrogance, and courage of various journalists and the times about which they report. He looks back at the Russian Revolution and at figures such as Joseph Pulitzer and Walter Cronkite while also examining such writers as George Orwell and Norman Mailer. In addition, he dramatically details the personal vanities and beliefs of particular newspapers, which, he suggests, have frequently dictated how journalists report the "facts." Based on vast research, this work is recommended for larger public and academic libraries. Molly Misetich, Coeur d'Alene, ID Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300093278
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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