FREEDOM OF THE PRESS by George Seldes
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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

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Exciting reading -- dynamite -- it probably wont get a break in the press, for it pins no laurels on the newspaper of today. But it's news, and should be easy to sell and easy to rent. Riegel's Mobilizing for Chaos (Yale Press -- see page 310, November 1st bulletin) was a fact book on the subject of the inadequacies, inaccuracies, and seamy aspects of the sources of public information; this book dramatizes the situation, makes it vital, human, a problem to be faced here and now. Its an impassioned, earnest inquiry into the integrity of the American Press, of the foreign news services, of the press releases, the Associated Press, all the sources from which our news, foreign and domestic, is drawn. It reveals the slavery of the press to big business, to advertising, to political control. The author backs up his facts with incontrovertible evidence, he names names, and points conclusive data, regardless of the sacrosanctity of his victim. First rate reading, and important as the tie up of the newspapers with capitalistic interests, with anti-labor interests, with reactionary forces is a menace in public life.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 1935
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill