History of American Journalism Summary

History of American Journalism Summary - History of...

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History of American Journalism Summary & Analysis The American Press Tradition Americans hold few principles more firmly than our commitment to a free press . We protect it as critical to the operation of our democratic political process, and we celebrate it as essential to the vitality of our free society. Yet neither the full meaning of a free press nor the actual character of the press itself had fully matured at the time of the nation's founding. America's newspapers in 1776 barely resembled those of today in either form or content, and the legal understanding of the freedom owed to the press was just as poorly developed. For example, in recent years both conservatives and liberals have argued that the "mainstream media" has lost its objectivity and become biased toward the other side. But at the time of our nation's birth, all American newspapers were highly partisan. They had no sense whatsoever that their primary responsibility ought to be simply to report the news, or to provide a balanced and objective analysis of events. They believed it was their duty to engage fully, and without
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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