Killing the messenger: 100 years of media criticism

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Columbia University Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 289 pages
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Killing the Messengerhas 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 Messengerserves 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.

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This is a collection of 15 analyses of the mass media. The very long selections are presented with only a few sentences of explanation by the compiler, currently dean of Berkeley's journalism school ... Read full review


Editorials from the Emporia Gazette 19011921
The Power of the Press and How to Curb It
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Tom Goldstein is former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and author of "Killing the Messenger: 100 Years of Media Criticism "(1989) and "The News at Any Cost: How Journalists Compromise Their Ethics to Shape the News "(1985). Jethro K. Lieberman is Associate Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Writing Program at New York Law School, as well as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the coauthor of "The Lawyer's Craft: An Introduction to Legal Analysis, Writing, Research, and Advocacy "(2002) and author of "A Practical Companion to the Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning "(California, 1999).