The Power of the Press

The Power of the Press : Birth of American Political Reporting

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Many books have argued that journalists have political power: The power of the Press is the first to give a detailed account of how they attained it. Thomas C. Leonard traces the development of news into political commentary from the American Revolution, through the nineteenth century, when newspapers first became aware of their role in a new democracy, to the emergence of `muckraking' in the twentieth century. Leonard argues that the power of the press in the political arena has proved a double edged sword, both dispensing the information and comment which makes democracy possible, and stifling the democratic process through biased and selective reporting. Readership: students of American history, journalism and more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16 pp halftones
  • 019505184X
  • 9780195051841

About Thomas C. Leonard

About the Author: Thomas C. Leonard is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Above the Battle: War-Making in America from Appomattox to more

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