NEWSPAPER CRUSADERS: A Neglected Story by Silas Bent

NEWSPAPER CRUSADERS: A Neglected Story

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The story of militant journalism, the champions of reform, the defenders of individuals and causes, by the author of Ballyhoo and Strange Bedfellows. Three men are considered in detail:- Pulitzer who fought corruption in high finance, politics and foreign affairs; Hearst who fought the ""plunderbund"" of utilities and great riches; and Scripps, champion of labor. Then follow more general chapters on colonial crusaders, newspapers versus the constitution and its amendments, the slavery issue, the K K K, Tammany, and other Augean stables. He looks on the bright side, painting a rosy picture of journalism, though in one chapter he recognizes a few sins of omissions. Somehow he fails to convince this reader of the soundness of his selection of champions; the book on the whole lacks the dynamics of George Seldes' Lords of the Press. Quieter, less controversial, more popular with journalists. Over-documented for the layman, prosey in style.

Publisher: Whittlesey