Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 171 pàgines
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Strout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and McCarthyism from the Senator's Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through his in-depth examination of the Monitor's interoffice communications, Strout examines how the Monitor's coverage compared with other elite and popular press newspapers and how the pressures associated with McCarthyism affected individuals at the Monitor.

An extensive review of the Monitor's editorials and news articles suggests that it was remarkably thorough and fair in its reporting, while still being outspoken, but responsible in its criticism. While many newspapers attacked McCarthy personally, the Monitor concentrated on the actions of the junior senator and the negative effects they were having at home and abroad. As Strout sees it, the Monitor served as a voice of moderation, while simultaneously being a persistent critic of McCarthy's tactics.

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Pàgina 124 - He dons his war paint. He goes into his war dance. He emits his war whoops. He goes forth to battle and proudly returns with the scalp of a pink Army dentist.
Pàgina 17 - Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism: The right to criticize; The right to hold unpopular beliefs; The right to protest; The right of independent thought.
Pàgina 56 - Owen Lattimore and John Carter Vincent were influential in bringing about a change in United States policy in 1945 favorable to the Chinese Communists.
Pàgina 27 - Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford Books, 1994), 33.
Pàgina 95 - ... Editors investigate Wiggins and his paper. The editors, displaying a courage with which few would have credited them, ignored this demand. But meanwhile a number of highly reputable journalists had argued that, since McCarthy's attack had in fact failed to intimidate Wechsler. it was no attack on the freedom of the press at all. This amounts to saying that attempted rape is no crime if the girl is lucky enough to fight off her assailant.
Pàgina 110 - Please advise your staff that the Denver Post is alert to the problem of McCarthyism and we are anxious to take every possible step to protect the innocent and give everyone under the fire of McCarthy or other "official" spokesman every possible chance to defend themselves. If possible, we want to give them that chance in the same story, but in any event as quickly after as possible and with the same news emphasis. I wish that you would instruct the news...
Pàgina xiii - Monitor, to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent. The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.
Pàgina xix - Leo C. Rosten, The Washington Correspondents. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937. 2. William L. Rivers, "The Correspondents After 25 Years," Columbia Journalisa Review, 1 (Spring, 1962), pp.
Pàgina 58 - I was doubly disturbed with the thought that if a columnist for a paper like the Christian Science Monitor could so closely follow the Communist line, no publication and no institution in the entire country could be secure from Communist infiltration.
Pàgina 4 - ... seek the favor of influential colleagues with gestures of caution and respect, McCarthy took them on in raucous, often insulting public spectacles. Where freshman senators readily accept the ground rules — the creaking seniority system, the notions of courtesy, formal procedure, and team play — he went it alone, bowing to them when they served his purpose, trampling on them when they did not. Where all senators play up their familial attachments or remain discreet about their private lives,...

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Sobre l'autor (1999)

LAWRENCE N. STROUT is Gibbons Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Mississippi University for Women. Professor Strout was a broadcast journalist, 1975-1989, prior to his career as a teacher and researcher concentrating on broadcast and print journalism. His essays on American journalism history have appeared as book chapters as well as articles in Journal of American Culture and Media History Digest.

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