Here, the legendary journalist and bestselling author delivers a hard-hitting manifesto on the precipitous decline in the quality and ethics of political reportage and issues a clarion call for change. Thomas confronts some of the most significant issues of the day and provides readers with rich historical perspective on the roots of American journalism, the circumstances attending the rise and fall of its golden age, and the nature and consequences of its current shortcomings. The book is a powerful, eye-opening discourse on the state of political reportage as well as a welcome and inspiring demand for meaningful and lasting reform.
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Table of Contents
Journalism-a Most Honorable Profession 1
Eruptions of Corruption 13
Presidents and Reporters-Never the Twain Shall Meet 26
Press Secretaries-in the Bull's-Eye 36
Spinning the News 57
Hail to the Heroic Leakers and Whistle-Blowers-and the Journalists Who Protect Them 87
Newspapers Are a Business, Too 112
The FCC-Fair and Balanced? 124
Lapdogs of the Press 135
Foreign Correspondents in Iraq-Deja Vu All Over Again! 153
The Greatest American Journalists of Our Times 169
What People are Saying About This
"Helen Thomas delivers a scathing rebuke to the media in her classic, tell-it-like-it-is style.... Thomas's book sounds the alarm to the media and the public."
The Christian Science Monitor
"Watchdogs of Democracy? encourages reflection on the roots of American journalism, its mission, and its uncertain future."
"Thomas is as engaging as she is passionate in this...refresher course on why we must support a responsible, active, and free press."