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Book Title: Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public|
The author of the book: Helen Thomas
ISBN 13: 9780743267816
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Date of issue: June 20th 2006
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No media bias you say? Helen Thomas lays that to rest from the preface forward in her tight elegant journalistic prose.
Part memoir, part auto-biography and part history of American Journalism all bordering on screed at times, this is a well written and quite informative dip into the world of a 20th century journalist.
Thomas in her trademark style doesn't pull any punches on any topic she attempts to write about in this probably all to brief work. At times, such as her explanations of the 'current' state of affairs regarding freedom of the press an court decisions she gets out of her league and resorts to language not her own. The sections in question don't suffer even with the different tone and complexity of writing. Just not enough of the type of detail that the author is best at writing and too much information to beat her point into the readers consciousness.
By her own admission writing a straight story is her forte. This later in life role as a commentator/opinion writer is new enough that even with her years of experience there are some gaps in the work. Too much polarized opinion, hers and others, color descriptions of various presidents and their behavior. A few cheap shots at even wives that she didn't see eye to eye with.
One great contribution in this book is why the press/media was so immediately opposed to Bush-2 as she refers to him. His father, Bush-1, was far more personally popular than most people realize. The son certainly didn't inherit that mantle in anyway and there's a 'discovery' in this book that should be left for the reader to find as to one undoubtedly huge factor as to the press's general dislike of Bush-2. It's only two or three sentences spread over a page but in this extremely well written portion Helen Thomas, unwittingly I believe, lays the groundwork for the root of the intrinsic dislike of 'Junior'. Petty as it may seem or innocuous at first, there is revealed what motivated many to never trust Bush-2.
Her list of the great journalist's of the 20th Century has no clinkers but I believe is missing some greats. Then again Thomas's list is mostly with those she has had personal experience.
A book that is worth a couple of looks for those who have an interest in Helen Thomas, White House journalism and reporting, or are intrigued by snapshots of history viewed through the eyes of one it's chroniclers.
Erratic in the amount of commentary on various figures that she probably could have made a unique and important commentary regarding including some of her fellow journalists. Other place she doesn't want you to have any question about how she viewed certain individuals from press secretaries to to political advisers and then the book veers towards screed as mentioned at the start.
I hope Helen Thomas gets to write another book on this or similar topics as I enjoy reading her work, even if I fervently like only half of it. Therein she does attain balance.
Read information about the authorHelen Thomas was a noted news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, was the first woman officer of the National Press Club, was the first woman member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and the first woman member of the Gridiron Club.
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