By Edward Alwood
Dark Days within the Newsroom lines how reporters grew to become radicalized throughout the melancholy period, purely to develop into pursuits of Senator Joseph McCarthy and like-minded anti-Communist crusaders in the course of the Fifties. Edward Alwood, a former information correspondent describes this striking tale of clash, precept, and private sacrifice with obvious élan. He exhibits how McCarthy's minions pried within newsrooms regarded as sacrosanct lower than the 1st modification, and information how reporters fixed a heroic safety of freedom of the click whereas others secretly enlisted within the government's anti-communist crusade.
Relying on formerly undisclosed files from FBI documents, in addition to own interviews, Alwood offers a richly knowledgeable observation on the most major moments within the heritage of yankee journalism. Arguing that the studies of the McCarthy years profoundly encouraged the perform of journalism, he exhibits what percentage of the problems confronted by means of reporters within the Fifties prefigure state-of-the-art conflicts over the suitable of reporters to guard their sources.