By Rodger Streitmatter
America’s information media are relentlessly criticized as too damaging, sensationalistic, profit-oriented, and biased, let alone unpatriotic and a depressing failure at reflecting the nation’s variety. Rodger Streitmatter makes transparent that even supposing a lot of the feedback is deserved, it obscures the truth that information retailers have additionally made—and proceed to make—many confident contributions to the country’s well-being.
A strength for stable: How the yankee information Media Have Propelled confident Change deals a compelling account of the Fourth Estate’s efforts to enhance U.S. society. even if documenting the appalling stipulations in psychological associations, exposing monetary shenanigans and sex-abuse scandals, or championing an vague tablet as a sort of birth control, Streitmatter argues, print and broadcast newshounds have propelled major social issues onto the general public time table and helped construct help for swap. this article attracts on either ancient and modern examples from quite a lot of social contexts; the result's a desirable journey of yankee heritage, social switch, and some great benefits of a strong media.
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A Force for Good: How the American News Media Have Propelled Positive Change by Rodger Streitmatter