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Infamous Scribblers: Journalism in the Age of the Founding Fathers

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Publisher Comments:

Infamous Scribblers is a perceptive and witty exploration of the most volatile period in the history of the American press. News correspondent and renonwned media historian Eric Burns tells of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Sam Adams — the leading journalists among the Founding Fathers; of George Washington and John Adams, the leading disdainers of journalists; and Thomas Jefferson, the leading manipulator of journalists. These men and the writers who abused and praised them in print (there was, at the time, no job description of "journalist") included the incendiary James Franklin, Ben's brother and one of the first muckrakers; the high minded Thomas Paine; the hatchet man James Callender, and a rebellious crowd of propagandists, pamphleteers, and publishers.

It was Washington who gave this book its title. He once wrote of his dismay at being "buffited in the public prints by a set of infamous scribblers." The journalism of the era was often partisan, fabricated, overheated, scandalous, sensationalistic and sometimes stirring, brilliant, and indispensable. Despite its flaws — even because of some of them — the participants hashed out publicly the issues that would lead America to declare its independence and, after the war, to determine what sort of nation it would be.

Review:

"Today's press should be commended. Really. Compared with the press of yesteryear, it is a model of integrity — or so Eric Burns would have us believe. His new 'Infamous Scribblers' has a clear subtext: Early American journalism was a dung heap (or, to quote one 18th-century editor, a 'dung barge') compared with today's more civilized press.

In many ways, this story makes sense coming from Burns,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

This lively, fascinating account of the surprisingly raucous journalism of the Revolutionary era—and how it helped to build a nation that has endured—offers new perspective on today's media wars

About the Author

Eric Burns is the host of Fox News Channel's "Fox News Watch." A former NBC News correspondent, Burns was named one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism by the Washington Journalism Review. He is also an Emmy winner for media criticism. He is the author of four previous books; his The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, was named one of the best academic press volumes of 2003 by the American Library Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586483340
Subtitle:
Journalism in the Age of the Founding Fathers
Author:
Burns, Eric
Author:
King, Larry L.
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Editors
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060227
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 28 oz

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