The Power of the Press: The Birth of American Political Reporting by Thomas C. Leonard

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Thomas C. Leonard
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Oxford University Press, USA
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288
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9780195051841
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Many books have shown that journalists have political power, but none have offered a more wide-ranging account of how they got it than The Power of the Press. In this pioneering look at the birth of political journalism, Thomas Leonard traces the rise of political reporting through some fascinating corridors of American history: the exposés of the Revolutionary era, the "unfeeling accuracy" of Congressional reporting, the role of The New York Times and Harper's Weekly in attacking New York City's infamous Tweed Ring, and the emergence of "muckraking" at the beginning of the 20th century.
Leonard argues that the increasing power of the press in the political arena has been a double-edged sword. While political reporting nurtured the broad interest in politics that made democracy possible, he claims, it has become a threat to political participation.


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