American Carnival: Journalism under Siege in an Age of New by Neil Henry

By Neil Henry

In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the challenge dealing with specialist journalism during this period of swift technological transformation. American Carnival combines components of memoir with huge media study to discover severe modern matters starting from reporting at the Iraq warfare, to American race relatives, to the exploitation of similar to journalism through advertisers and politicians. Drawing on major currents in U.S. media and social background, Henry argues that, given the quantity of fraud in lots of associations in American lifestyles at the present time, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked through the commercial problem of recent Media poses particularly critical implications for democracy. As more and more alarming tales floor approximately unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that's important to a unfastened society, a occupation that's extra priceless than ever in a electronic age marked by way of startling attacks at the cultural primacy of truth.

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Staley: Siegel: Ms. Staley: That is right. Is it the head of Martha Stewart? It is, in fact, the head of Martha Stewart. In prison, or from some other time? I’m not exactly sure when that picture was taken, but it was not within the last five months. So it’s an old picture . . Yes. . of Martha Stewart’s face stuck on somebody else’s body. Fair game? I mean, don’t we look at this and think that’s a picture of Martha Stewart? Well, it appears that there are enough people who have believed that we’ve somehow managed to orchestrate a photo shoot with Martha in the prison, which we did not.

In many ways, we live in an age vividly defined by fraud, which has touched nearly every trusted institution in American life. Millions believe that our presidential elections have been tainted by electoral fraud. Widespread, long-term scandals have swept through our religious life, as trusted moral leaders have been led off to jail for crimes including rape and child sexual abuse. We have been shaken to discover that those we entrust with our life savings have been practicing fraud at the highest levels of the banking and accounting industries, cooking books, fabricating data on profits, thieving from pension and mutual funds.

During her visit to my class, the young woman showed video clips of a few of her news stories, including a serious one about a murder investigation and a feature about the spring weather. As she answered the students’ questions, she was as informative and captivating as I had expected. Her talk was a real hit. But afterward, as we talked in the hallway of North Gate Hall, she told me another story about her job, one that was quite different from the inspiring anecdotes she had shared with the students just a few minutes before.

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