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
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