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Joe McCarthy and the Press

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This is a book for historians, journalists—and for all of us who need to remember this turbulent time on our nation's past, and its lessons for today.
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 22nd 1981 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published August 15th 1981)
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Richard
Sep 16, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, journalism
Edwin R. Bayley was a reporter at The Milwaukee Journal during the McCarthy years. In this book, published in 1981, he looks back at how newspapers and television covered McCarthy, and tries to determine whether that coverage was a factor in McCarthy's rise to prominence.

It's hard, actually impossible, to read this book in the late summer of 2016 without thinking of Donald Trump. While there are differences between Trump and McCarthy, there are certainly a great deal of similarities. It colors v
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Moses Operandi
Apr 14, 2012 Moses Operandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bayley, unlike many who write about McCarthy, is not content to merely insult the man himself. He examines why McCarthy succeeded in the beginning in convincing the American people (hint: it's because of the press), and ultimately why he failed (also because of the press/media). Bayley, who grew up with McCarthy in Appleton, Wisconsin, is an evenhanded journalist and a good writer. I enjoyed this book more than the others I read for my paper on McCarthy.
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