Who Stole the News?: Why We Can't Keep up with What's Happening in the World and What We Can Do about It

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Even as this book goes to press, a war that could lead to a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India is brewing in the Vale of Kashmir. The economies of France and Germany are headed towards the rocks. Yet most of us will not hear about developments like these until they explode, despite the fact that reporters are better equipped than ever to bring us the stories. Who Stole the News? offers a sharp, candid analysis of the reasons why the public isn't getting enough information to follow the events that shape ...
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Even as this book goes to press, a war that could lead to a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India is brewing in the Vale of Kashmir. The economies of France and Germany are headed towards the rocks. Yet most of us will not hear about developments like these until they explode, despite the fact that reporters are better equipped than ever to bring us the stories. Who Stole the News? offers a sharp, candid analysis of the reasons why the public isn't getting enough information to follow the events that shape their lives. In this provocative investigation of a crime that affects every one of us, Associated Press senior foreign correspondent Mort Rosenblum draws on twenty-five years of experience in 180 countries as well as firsthand accounts of his colleagues, including established superstars and emerging new talent. He identifies deep flaws in the news business and dispels the myth of a brain-dead public, its finger twitching restlessly over the remote button. The blame for critical gaps in our knowledge, Rosenblum asserts, falls largely on the shoulders of executives obsessed with ratings and quarterly earnings, who favor entertainment over information and who, ignoring evidence to the contrary, continue to underestimate the public's taste for stories that reach beyond their backyards. But other factors compound the problem. Criss-crossing five continents, Rosenblum takes us behind the scenes to reveal exactly what happens to the news. From the fall of Ceaucescu's Romania to the media circus in Mogadishu, from war-ravaged Bosnia to Operation Desert Storm, we find him and his colleagues ducking bullets and facing off warlords while trying to skirt their own government's efforts to control the news that filters back to the home front. Legendary reporters and "snappers" (news photographers) demonstrate remarkable daredevilry and heroism, going to the edge of lunacy, to get (and sometimes make) a story. Yet the pack mentality manages to distort the facts, and
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The news hasn't really been stolen, but rather, concludes Rosenblum ( Back Home ), it has been ``mugged, muffled and muzzled . . .'' What Rosenblum, a foreign correspondent for 25 years, means by news is not urban and domestic violence or Amy Fisher but an election in Peru, religious changes in Algeria and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This book, not in a league with his previous works, is essentially a lament for the decline of foreign news in the American media, which he attributes to such factors as the effects of TV and new editorial perceptions of what readers want. Rosen-blum is at his most interesting when outlining how foreign news (with emphasis on the Gulf War, Somalia and the former Yugoslavia) is covered by various media in different countries and how correspondents have been sidetracked by bureaucracy and lies, or have risked their lives to get a story. Although Rosenblum exhorts editors and reporters, his call is ultimately to the readers, watchers and listeners who, if America is really to be a world leader, must look beyond their back fences. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471585220
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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