Press Gang Newspapers and Politics, 1865-1878
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Description: Relations between the press and politicians in modern America have always been contentious. In The Press Gang, Mark Summers tells the story of the first skirmishes in this ongoing battle. Following the Civil War, independent newspapers began to separate themselves from partisan control and assert direct political influence. The first investigative journalists uncovered genuine scandals such as those involving the Tweed Ring, but their standard practices were often sensational, as editors and reporters made their reputations by destroying political figures, not by carefully uncovering the facts. Objectivity as a professional standard scarcely existed. Considering more than ninety different papers, Summers analyzes not only what the press wrote but also what they chose not to write, and he details both how they got the stories and what mistakes they made in reporting them. He exposes the peculiarly ambivalent relationship of dependence and distaste among reporters and politicians. In exploring the shifting ground between writing the stories and making the news, Summers offers an important contribution to the history of journalism and mid-nineteenth-century politics and uncovers a story that has come to dominate our understanding of government and the media.
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Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/24/1994
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Reporters' Initials & Pseudonyms|
|The Lords Of The Linotype|
|I Want to Give Those Fellows Hell!|
|Organs Out of Tune|
|I Am the Paper! the Independents|
|All The News That Fits|
|Despotism Tempered by Assassination|
|a General System of Exchange, Or, a D--D Bad Beat|
|Mr. Striker Goes to Washington|
|the Capital Offenses of Donn Piatt|
|News Management Made Easy|
|a Beautiful Smiler Came in Our Midst|
|a Little Attention from James A. Garfield|
|the Silent Smoker in the Hands of the Foe|
|News In Need Of Reconstruction|
|a Perfect Hell the Southern Road to Pike's Pique|
|an Extraordinary State of Affairs at Vicksburg|
|The Breakup Of The Press Gang, 1872-1877|
|the Worst Thing Yet! 1872|
|the Wild Animals Loose the Panic of 1874|
|James G. Blaine Beats the Rap|
|the Hayesociated Press|
|Epilogue Final Edition|
|Bibliography Newspapers, Magazines, and Manuscript Collections|