All the News Unfit to Print
How Things Were... and How They Were Reported
On Sale: April 20, 2009
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Well-known media analyst Eric Burns looks at how
journalists have misreported history in this follow-up
to his critically acclaimed book Infamous Scribblers
In Infamous Scribblers, Eric Burns revealed how early
American journalists represented and misrepresented the
events and leaders of the day in coverage that was
partisan, fabricated, scandalous, and sensationalistic,
and sometimes stirring, brilliant, and indispensable.
Now he puts the media under the microscope again, from
Ben Franklin and Sam Adams through Mark Twain, William
Randolph Hearst, H. L. Mencken, and Walter Duranty
(arguably the most unethical journalist to win a
Pulitzer) to the modern day. He shows how the media got
history wrong and how those mistakes have been magnified
and distorted over time, changing our view and
understanding of the past.
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