Exam 2 Study Guide j310

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J310 Exam #2 Study Guide McCarthyism: Defined as the use of indiscriminate (often unfounded) accusations, sensationalism, and inquisitorial investigative methods toward such ends as the suppression of political opponents. The term McCarthyism comes from critics accusing that the American press allowed the senator to manipulate the coverage. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin rose to prominence by making charges, most of them unsubstantiated, that the United States government had been widely infiltrated by Soviet spies. McCarthy’s Media Strategies: Case studies book page 12 -13 He would drink with the reporters and the reporters were drunk too. Everybody in Washington kind of knew that but they did not report him for being an alcoholic ever because they thought it might hurt the cause if he was undermined in that way…a lot of the journalists were worried about being blacklisted themselves so they did not report McCarthy for drinking in their reports because they didn’t want to get in trouble and make McCarthy mad. He would invite the young journalists over to his house and get them drunk and then they wouldn’t want to break their friendships with him because they were cultivating a relationship w/ the source and then if they really wanted to make it as a journalist they were not going to report bad things about him…they had a competitive dynamic, they were afraid to go forward with it. McCarthy-era journalism: Characteristics/qualities of: Reporting the facts and reporting the truth about the facts. Critics accused the American press of allowing the senator to manipulate the coverage, giving birth to the term McCarthyism. During the McCarthy era, journalists operated according to a strict code of factual reporting and avoided analysis. “But reporters covered politics then as if it were a stage play; only what happened in public counted.” “All three wire services sought to produce stories that would be selected for publication by as many papers as possible. They put high priority on being first to report a news event, even if only by minutes. When McCarthy became hot copy after his Wheeling speech, they raced to get his performances on the wire, usually without any idea as to whether or not his charges were true” (Case Studies 10). A lot of it was a question of decency and credibility as to why the reporters did not report McCarthy for his drinking habits. How did McCarthy era journalists justify their coverage? How did it service the public interest, if at all? It did not support the public interest because it damaged a lot of lives and a lot of people and ended/hurt a lot of careers. People committed suicide because they couldn’t take the ridicule/ public humiliation.
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course J 07240 taught by Professor Reese during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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