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John Byrne Cooke - Reporting the War:
Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism
Palgrave Macmillan | 2007 | ISBN: 1403975159 | Pages: 288 | PDF | 5.51 MB
Historical novelist Cooke (The Snowblind Moon) gives an excellent, incisive commentary on how freedom of the press in the U.S., from the time of the 13 colonies on, has played out in times of war. Cooke points out that many newspaper publishers during the Revolutionary War had warrants for their arrest, and likely would have been executed for treason against the crown had the colonies lost; he also notes that several publishers were arrested for printing critical editorials by none other than the Lincoln administration, during the Civil War. Taking readers through U.S. history war by war, Cooke shows how the press served both to propel national fervor toward war and to criticize loudly its execution; among the worthy examples covered here are the campaign of shame and outrage launched by William Randolph Hearst to push the president and congress into the Spanish-American war, Walter Lippman's challenge to President Johnson and the other architects of the Vietnam conflict, and countless contemporaries. A timely study, Cooke's history presents the fifth estate in all its conflicted glory: a power that ensures accountability and the visibility of a loyal opposition just as easily as it vilifies individuals and manipulates the conscience of America.
Threats to freedom of the press and the need for democratic dialogue are always greatest in wartime. At a time when the debate over the role of the free press is as contentious as ever before, John Byrne Cooke, son of the veteran journalist Alistair Cooke, delivers a must-read exploration of freedom of the press in wartime throughout American history. Reporting the War brings to life how the press has affected the course of some, but not all, American wars, how the government has tried to suppress opposing opinion, how the press has struggled, and continues to struggle to preserve the principles of the Founding Fathers. Cooke charts a fascinating journey from the American Revolution to the ongoing War on Terrorism.
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