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About the Author
Alex S. Jones is an American journalist who was director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government from July 1, 2000 until June 2015. He won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1987.
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Alex Jones, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, comes to these themes honestly as the scion of a small-town Tennessee newspaper family. It's no wonder he feels threatened.
In all fairness, there is considerable reason for apprehension over the decline of America's major newspapers. Reflecting shrunken profits, repeated staff layoffs, closed news bureaus, and greater reliance on syndicated material, the nation's once-fat dailies are slimming down at a terrifying pace. In place of the papers' often earnest efforts at "objectivity," we are increasingly basing our views on the unedited diatribes to be found on the likes of Fox "News" and the daily blogosphere. The perils for democracy in America are obvious. For example, could the so-called "Tea Party" have thrived in a world largely dependent on newspapers for its information? Or is that sad testament to the profound ignorance of the American people a product of Fox News, talk radio, and organized Internet rumor-mongering? You won't be surprised to learn that there is no question in my mind that, despite its familiarity to the 19th-Century No-Nothing movement, I'm convinced the Tea Party is an artifact of the channels through which we now receive so much of our political information.
Jones writes well, and my harsh criticism may not be entirely deserved. However, it comes from my nagging feeling as I read this book that its underlying theme is nostalgia, a craving for the day when so much of the news that appeared in the nation's dailies and on the air originated in the early edition of the Old Gray Lady, The New York Times. Those days are fast receding into history, and as Jones himself writes, there's not much anyone can do about it other than "Adapt or Die."
(From Mal Warwick's Blog on Books)
So...He writes from direct first hand experience on the transformation of the down-home journalism of the past, into the Darwinian big business media empires of today....and the many influences upon it...all driven by money...and ratings....and profit. To Jones, it's this entertainment and opinion smoke screen....over and above hard objective news....that lies in jeopardy of depriving citizen's the right learn of the facts...hard, unpleasant, but true...as they often are. This is what he means, when he writes of "iron core" of the news.
The one important caveat I have about his book is that I wish Jones had addressed, more thoroughly and carefully, the impact of the net....but his ethical perspective towards the news holds true no matter. The fact is that hard information, as had been unavoidable and intrinsic in old traditional media, is now also greatly expanded in the electronic media...but only for those who SEEK it.
His thesis is that the public has not been well served in the traditional commercial media environment...which they actually own...is central to his thesis of continual ethical challenge to the bedrock of democracy...an informed citizenry. I recommend this book for anyone who wishes to understand just how fragile the First Amendment truly is. Jones's insistence that ethics, and objectivity, and accountability, need to find their way the the center of both our new, and old media world, to me is timelessly convincing....as is his faith that we must eventually rediscover the "iron core" of objective news, to balance the fire storm of too often uninformed personal opinion...or lose the most essential element of our American public discourse.
It's a healthy thing to raise these questions...noting well that perfect objectivity is rarely, if ever possible...however, I agree with Jones, that it's worth the effort...and, that we can do a lot better than what we have today. For the general reader this book, is a good and fascinating intro into this ever evolving subject.