American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone by D. D. Guttenplan

By D. D. Guttenplan

Popular entrance columnist and New Deal propagandist.  Fearless opponent of McCarthyism and feared scourge of authentic liars.  Enterprising, self reliant reporter and avid beginner classicist.  As D.D. Guttenplan places it in his compelling book, I.F. Stone did what few in his career could—he constantly concept for himself. America's so much celebrated investigative journalist himself is still anything of a secret, besides the fact that. Born Isidor Feinstein in Philadelphia, raised in rural New Jersey, by way of the age of 25 this school drop-out used to be already an influential newsman, and having fun with striking entry to key figures in New Deal Washington and the friendship of significant artists in New York.

It is Guttenplan’s knowledge to work out that the foremost to Stone’s achievements all through his singular career—and not only in his celebrated I.F. Stone’s Weekly—lay within the strength and fervour of his political commitments. Stone’s calm, forensic, but devastating experiences on American politics and associations sprang from an intensive religion within the long term customers for American democracy.

His testimony at the legacy of yankee politics from the recent Deal and global warfare II to the period of the civil rights struggles, the Vietnam warfare, and past quantities to as shiny a checklist of these instances as we're prone to have. Guttenplan's full of life, provocative publication makes transparent why such a lot of of his pronouncements have received the strength of prophecy.

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David Westin, the president of ABC News, told a convention of journalists in 2003 that digital technology is leading to “fundamental transformations” in news gathering and reporting. qxd 4/19/04 9:05 AM Page 33 What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You 33 we do it smart then it will enable editorial people to be able to get their reporting to the air more efficiently without as many people touching it and changing it and editing it along the way,” Weston said. “And it will allow them to express themselves and do better work faster.

CNN, still the leading twenty-fourhour news network at the time, prided itself on gavel-to-gavel coverage of the court proceedings. As a correspondent, I did my best to hide every time the bosses in Atlanta were looking for reinforcements in Los Angeles. But I, all the other non-O. J. correspondents at all news networks, and especially the American public paid a price for this coverage. It was nearly impossible to get any other news on the air. The Monica Lewinsky scandal was the same and more.

CORPORATE SYNERGY Another part of the fallout from megacorporations owning networks and news divisions is equally disturbing. ” Cross pollination is an attempt to save money while getting cross promotion by having the separate entities within the corporation work together on projects. After Time Warner took over Turner Broadcasting, CNN launched programs such as CNN and Time and CNN and Fortune. The idea was to use some of Time Warner’s other staff members in CNN programming and to share resources and reporting.

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