Suspicious Truths: Politics and the Press in American History
By expanding markets, the adoption of the steam press and an abundance of cheap paper enabled 19th century newspapers to develop and expand the traditions of political partisanship that Jefferson deplored, and ultimately changed the way news was gathered and information disseminated. Like today's blogs, popular newspapers, often aimed at new audiences, allowed for diverse voices. Advertising revenues began to encourage intense competition for readers. Despite occasional efforts to provide objectivity in their news pages, newspaper publishers seldom resisted the temptation to intervene in political life and influence events. Drawing on its especially rich collections of newspapers, photographs, posters and the manuscript letters of the great figures of journalism, Suspicious Truths: Politics and the Press in American History will illustrate the continuing tension between the goal of objectivity and the temptations of power.