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Watchdogs of democracy? : the waning Washington press corps and how it has failed the public

Author: Helen Thomas
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Lisa Drew/Scribner trade paperback edView all editions and formats
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"In the course of more than sixty years spent covering Washington politics, Helen Thomas has witnessed a raft of fundamental changes in the way news is gathered and reported. Gone are the days of frequent firsthand contact with the president. Now, the press sees the president only at tightly controlled and orchestrated press conferences. In addition, Thomas sees a growing - and alarming - reluctance among reporters  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Thomas
ISBN: 0743267826 9780743267823
OCLC Number: 144570344
Notes: Includes index.
"A Lisa Drew book."
Description: xxii, 217 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Journalism: a most honorable profession --
Eruptions of corruption --
Presidents & reporters: never the twain shall meet --
Press secretaries: in the bull's-eye --
Spinning the news --
Hail to the heroic leakers and whistle-blowers: and the journalists who protect them --
Newspapers are a business, too --
The FCC: fair and balanced? --
Lapdogs of the press --
Foreign correspondents in Iraq: déjà vu all over again! --
The greatest American journalists of our times.
Responsibility: Helen Thomas.

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"In the course of more than sixty years spent covering Washington politics, Helen Thomas has witnessed a raft of fundamental changes in the way news is gathered and reported. Gone are the days of frequent firsthand contact with the president. Now, the press sees the president only at tightly controlled and orchestrated press conferences. In addition, Thomas sees a growing - and alarming - reluctance among reporters to question government spokesmen and probe for the truth. The result has been a wholesale failure by journalists to fulfill what is arguably their most vital role in contemporary American life - to be the watchdogs of democracy. Today's journalists, according to Thomas, have become subdued, compromised lapdogs." "Thomas confronts some of the most significant issues of the day, including the jailing of reporters, the conservative swing in television news coverage, and the administration's increased insistence on "managed" news. But she is most emphatic about reporters' failure to adequately question President George W. Bush and White House spokesmen about the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, and on subjects ranging from homeland security to the economy." "Thomas provides readers with a 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 result is a discourse on the state of political reportage - as well as a demand for meaningful and lasting reform."--Jacket.

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