Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions

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An exploration of the role of the journalist in a democratic society that defines the relationship between an objective reportorial stance and that of the muckraker who crusades on an issue to expose what he sees as evil, Miraldi traces the history of muckraking journalism and investigative reporting from the turn of the century through the sixties and seventies. He includes examples from newspapers, magazines, and television and zeroes in on factors that interfere with the work of journalists and calls for a renewed spirit of journalistic activism in the nineties.

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