Chronicles Magazine October 1994

Speaking Truth to Power

Why is there no adversarial press in the United States? Why do the media seem so afraid of news stories that threaten to embarrass or destroy governments? These questions may seem curious in a society that prides itself on freedom of the press...

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  • VIEWS

    Triberalism

    After three decades in which the term "liberal Democratic media" has come to seem an almost complete redundancy, many students of American journalism today are no doubt stunned to learn that, prior to the 1960's, this nation's printed press was...

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  • VIEWS

    The Unknown Civil War

    The use of NATO military strikes against the Bosnian Serbs, at the urgings of the Clinton administration, camouflages for the moment a rift that has occurred in the Western alliance.

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  • VIEWS

    Russophilia

    The deluge of statements, articles, and books on Russia in these turbulent (for Russia) times comes as no surprise. What surprises is the ingratiating and monotonously uncritical terms of discourse in which American opinions about Russia are couched.

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  • REVIEWS

    Seven Years

    In the past 23 years, enough material has been released from the sealed deposit left by H.L. Mencken at his death in 1956 to superannuate the late Carl Bode's Mencken, published a quarter-century ago and a pedestrian job in any event.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Missionary's Son

    Henry Luce both created and dominated a new form of national journalism between 1930 and 1960. Founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Life, and Fortune, he is best remembered for his 1941 Life essay "The American Century," a robust call for the...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Coming Campaign

    "Populist" is a term so fraught with distortion and so apt to raise misleading connotations that we probably should find another word to use. It is worse in this respect than even "Whig" or "liberal."

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  • REVIEWS

    The Russian Frontier

    America, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner had it, is a land defined by its frontiers, once inexorably westward- lending, led by Manifest Destiny. The cultural geographer Carl Ortwin Sauer gave Turner's "frontier thesis" a twist that...

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  • REVIEWS

    Tally Halt!

    The history of the British novel is a great topic that must periodically be reconsidered, particularly now when we are so much more sophisticated than those provincials who wrote the novels as well as those belletrists whose accounts of those...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    PBS Hucksters

    PBS hucksters Biff and Muffy bleated "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" from my TV and radio a couple of weeks back. They're volunteers who run infomercial plead-athons on WTAX (KTAX west of the Mississippi).

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    A Tragic Loss

    A Washington Post story earlier this year began, "Gunfire erupted among a group of teenagers in a hallway at Dunbar High School." Here was yet another tale of teenagers and guns in our nation's capital, of shootings at school, of another day when...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Russia

    I agree with Professor W. Bruce Lincoln that Russia's economic and political system is prone to break society into two parts: "them," those responsible for making decisions and managing the country, and "us," the simple people deadly indifferent...

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