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Publisher Comments:

LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

"When screaming headlines turn out to be based on stories that don't support them, the tale of the boy who cried wolf gets new life. When the newspaper is filled with stupid features about celebrities at the expense of hard news, the reader feels patronized. In the process, the critical relationship of reader to newspaper is slowly undermined."

--from NEWS IS A VERB

NEWS IS A VERB

Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century

"With the usual honorable exceptions, newspapers are getting dumber. They are increasingly filled with sensation, rumor, press-agent flackery, and bloated trivialities at the expense of significant facts. The Lewinsky affair was just a magnified version of what has been going on for some time. Newspapers emphasize drama and conflict at the expense of analysis. They cover celebrities as if reporters were a bunch of waifs with their noses pressed enviously to the windows of the rich and famous. They are parochial, square, enslaved to the conventional pieties. The worst are becoming brainless printed junk food. All across the country, in large cities and small, even the better newspapers are predictable and boring. I once heard a movie director say of a certain screenwriter: 'He aspired to mediocrity, and he succeeded.' Many newspapers are succeeding in the same way."

Synopsis:

The author, a journalist, begins with the Lewinsky affair and proceeds to show how newspapers are declining in the quality of news reported and to offer suggestions for improvement.

About the Author

Pete Hamill has been a newspaperman for almost four decades. Starting at the New York Post in 1960, he has worked at several newspapers as a reporter, rewriteman, war correspondent, and columnist. Most recently, he served as editor in chief of the New York Daily News. He has also written for almost all major American magazines. In addition to his journalism, he is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling Snow in August, two collections of short stories, two anthologies of his journalism, and the memoir A Drinking Life. He also has written many screenplays. Hamill is married to the Japanese journalist Fukiko Aoki and is the father of two daughters. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307766762
Subtitle:
Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Hamill, Pete
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Journalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
11
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Journalism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
102

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

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"Synopsis" by , The author, a journalist, begins with the Lewinsky affair and proceeds to show how newspapers are declining in the quality of news reported and to offer suggestions for improvement.
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