UNIT 23 NOTES

UNIT 23 NOTES - Introduction to Journalism Dr Fred Blevens...

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1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 23: Dissident Voices Emerge George Seldes, 1890-1995 Father of American press criticism Interviewed heavyweights Lenin, Trotsky, Freud, Einstein, Hitler Covered Spanish Civil War with wife Helen Kicked out of Soviet Union in 1923 Fled Italy ahead of Mussolini’s thugs Ran with heavyweights Drank with Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Sinclair Lewis In Fact 1940: Seldes starts paper with Bruce Minton Dissident paper with two missions . . . Critique the press Publish stories the mainstream wouldn’t publish Not a commie paper, but Minton was a commie Seldes did not know Minton funded paper that way Minton left when Seldes blocked communist front stories Still, the paper was continuously harassed by the FBI For 9 years, he was under investigation Seldes’ Legacy in America Predicted the corporatization of media Predicted results of anti-communist hysteria Lives, families were broken Ran stories that otherwise would not be seen Mailing list passed on to I.F. Stone
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