Reviewing the coverage of nuclear weapons by The New York Times from 1945 to 1962, Keever (journalism, U. of Hawai'i) argues that the so-called newspaper of record voluntarily toed the US government line throughout the Cold War, omitting material facts from its pages that should have been reported in order to allow readers to understand the plight of uprooted and irradiated Pacific Islanders, the long-term radioactivity of plutonium, and the long-term health and environmental dangers ignored by government officials. She also includes an epilogue reviewing coverage from 1980 to 2004, finding the situation little improved, and recommends that The Times initiate an in-house news audit of critical issues, stop relying exclusively on official sources, and begin challenging government secrecy. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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About the Author
Beverly Keever is a professor of Journalism at the University of Hawaii. She coverd the Vietnam War for 7 years for Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor.