Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11: Top Journalists Speak Out

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Prometheus Books, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 627 pages
In her latest book, Kristina Borjesson once again leaves pundits, media critics, and Monday-morning quarterbacks behind. Zeroing in on a stunning lineup of first-hand sources, she presents a unique and utterly fascinating record of self-examination by some of America's top working journalists.Focusing on the post 9/11 crisis period, Borjesson has interviewed ABC's Ted Koppel, Hearst Newspaper's Helen Thomas, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, Associated Press President/CEO Tom Curley, Harpers publisher John MacArthur, Carl Bernstein, and many others. This collection of masterful interviews unveils a journalistic environment that rivals any long-running soap opera on television. Filled with astonishing personal stories, conflict, and drama, Feet to the Fire gives readers the rare opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of this nation's most powerful journalists and news executives. Most of them have spent long stretches of their professional lives in what can only be described as pressure-cooker environments ranging from deadly war zones to high-rise corporate offices.As a serious, first-hand account of contemporary mainstream journalism, the book has no equal. Mindful of the broader historical context and the value of comparing the coverage of recent conflicts to Vietnam War coverage, Borjesson has included long interviews with Vietnam-era reporters who are still working today, like Peter Arnett. Arnett won a Pulitzer Prize as an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam, was CNN's star war correspondent during the first Gulf War, and became a lightning rod while reporting on the second Gulf War.As an oral account of the current era of crisis, as a deeper and far more insightful view of this nation's most accomplished messengers and the landscape in which they operate, Feet to the Fire is nothing short of a tour-de-force.Interview subjects include: Ted Koppel, Helen Thomas, Tom Curley (President/CEO Associated Press), Carl Bernstein, Peter Arnett, Kevin Buckley (former Saigon Bureau Chief for Newsweek now Contributing Editor for Playboy), Paul Krugman (New York Times), Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus (Washington Post), Deborah Amos (NPR war correspondent), Jon Alpert (independent producer/cameraman), John MacArthur, Tom Yellin (executive producer for Peter Jennings), Chris Hedges, and James Bamford (National Security reporter).Kristina Borjesson is the author of the highly acclaimed Into the Buzzsaw (winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism), and an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning investigative reporter, who has worked for CBS and CNN.
 

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Award-winning investigative reporter Borjesson (Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press ) probes the minds (and hearts) of 21 of the nation's leading journalists from ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Inside the Ratings Vise
48
Chasing Eyeballs and Remembering Jessica Lynch
69
Everybody Wants to Be at Versailles
92
THE ARENA OF POWER
121
A Gatherer of Unmanaged Glimpses
143
NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE
195
Guerrilla at the Washington Post
218
The Vice President Is Lying and Other Things
365
HISTORY AND CONTEXT
393
The Dreams and Nightmares
427
Its Mine the Whole Goddamned Story Is Mine
453
What Do You Mean Youre Telling Them to Kill Me?
493
Were Not Mother Teresas in Flak Jackets
516
Marhaba Keefik Two American Soldiers Died Today
540
You Have Two Ears and One Mouth
566

Sound Bites Truth
249
Dangerous Nonsense and the Nuremberg Rule
288
BurrowerinChief
336
Omar Whats Going On?
586
Index
609
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Kristina Borjesson is the author of the highly acclaimed Into the Buzzsaw (winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism), and an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning investigative reporter, who has worked for CBS and CNN.

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