j310 mccarthy case - 7 What is the responsibility of the...

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05/11/09 1 Theme: News and Politics The case of McCarthyism, 1950-1954
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05/11/09 2 Case facts: Communism and Anti-communism Sen. Joseph McCarthy Media context: routines of news coverage The rise of TV news: Edward R. Murrow, "See it Now”
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05/11/09 3 Discussion questions how should a journalist respond if a source makes an accusation without evidence? Are there new rules of evidence for journalists today, beyond those available during McCarthy's time? (How has the press changed overall?)
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05/11/09 4 Discussion questions How did McCarthy era journalists justify their coverage? How did it serve the public interest, if at all?
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05/11/09 5 Army/McCarthy hearings 1954 “At long last, sir”
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05/11/09 6 Discussion example Judith Miller of the NYT “My job isn’t to assess the government’s information and be an independent intelligence analyst myself. My job is to tell readers of The New York Times what the government thought about Iraq’s arsenal.”
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Unformatted text preview: 7 What is the responsibility of the press? "There is no fact without a context. ..modern conditions require greater effort than ever to make the distinction between fact and opinion. ..The account of an isolated fact, however accurate in itself, may be misleading and, in effect, untrue. ..It is no longer enough to report the fact truthfully. It is now necessary to report the truth about the fact” Commission on Freedom of the Press, 1947, "the Hutchins Commission." 05/11/09 8 terrorism as the new communism Flexible concept Justifies intrusions on personal freedom Encourages self-censorship 05/11/09 9 Local connection: John Henry Faulk 05/11/09 10 final word To be truthful, reporters must be more than "factual” journalists are subject to the same pressures as everyone else,(important) to conform, to be patriotic. Being truthful takes professional independence (and courage)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course J 07240 taught by Professor Reese during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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