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By Edward Alwood

Dark Days within the Newsroom lines how newshounds grew to become radicalized in the course of the melancholy period, in simple terms to turn into goals of Senator Joseph McCarthy and like-minded anti-Communist crusaders through the Fifties. Edward Alwood, a former information correspondent, describes this extraordinary tale of clash, precept, and private sacrifice with obvious élan. He exhibits how McCarthy's minions pried within newsrooms considered sacrosanct lower than the 1st modification, and information how a few reporters fixed a heroic safeguard of freedom of the click whereas others secretly enlisted within the government's anti-communist campaign.

Relying on formerly undisclosed records from FBI records in addition to own interviews, Alwood offers a richly knowledgeable observation on one among the main major moments within the background of yankee journalism. Arguing that the studies of the McCarthy years profoundly prompted the perform of journalism, he exhibits what percentage of the problems confronted via newshounds within the Fifties prefigure state-of-the-art conflicts over the proper of reporters to guard their assets.

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12 Broun joined a chorus of defenders that was led by the Communist Party, which claimed the men’s trial reflected public animus toward immigrants. Broun and others pointed to their death sentence as a glaring example of oppression aimed at the working class. 14 In the late 1920s Broun began writing occasional commentaries for the Nation and the New Republic, but trouble erupted when he criticized the World after the newspaper opposed a public exhibit on birth control. Broun interpreted the newspaper’s opposition as a concession to the Catholic Church.

Another resolution expressed the guild’s support for Spanish loyalists. 52 The most glaring symbol of the guild’s leftward shift came when Broun called for a switch to the more militant Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and to expand the membership base beyond newsroom employees to include workers in the advertising and business departments. “Nowadays, if a reporter walks out on strike, they can replace him with some more boilerplate,” Morris Watson, the guild’s vice president, told the convention after he won his legal battle against the Associated Press.

94 Another directive, the one from Detroit, said, “It should be noted that all individuals contacted . . ”95 Meanwhile Allied troops fighting the war in Europe were poised to begin their final advances against the Germans in early 1945. In Asia fighting raged in the Philippines and Burma. Tensions among the Allies were already rising when Roosevelt and Churchill met with Stalin at Yalta in February 1945 to map a vision for postwar Europe. They agreed to promote free elections, democratic governments, and constitutional safeguards.

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