Watchdogs of Democracy The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public New Hardcover with dust jacket

  • Title: Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
  • Author: Helen Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780743267816
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New Hardcover with dust jacket

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    About “Helen Thomas

    1. Helen Thomas says:

      Helen 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.

    2 thoughts on “Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public

    1. I'm normally a big fan of Helen Thomas, but I found this book to be disappointing. It felt very disjointed to me, especially at the end, where the topics seemed to switch mid-paragraph.It was a litany of good journalists in the past, and references to bad journalism of the present, without naming names. I was hoping for more blood.

    2. The author has led an amazing life and shows how the relationship between the press and government has changed over the decades.

    3. 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 'curr [...]

    4. No doubt Helen Thomas is one of the most respected and recognizable reporters over the past 50 years. Over the years she has observed some of the most powerful people to pass through our nation's capital. And she's been at it long enough that she has an above average perspective on things. She can see the 'big picture'.While, in this book, she often does reference the 'big picture' she spends a lot of time focusing on specific instances where the media shined or fell flat on its face. Needless t [...]

    5. Helen Thomas is that wizened old lady you can see at the White House press corps meetings (usually asking the best questions).The book does exactly what the title says -- it describes Thomas' observations about how the press in Washington has changed through the years; mainly about the shift from newspapers to TV. Maybe it's predictable that Thomas would critique the shift of media from something "for the people" to a few global businesses focused on revenue streams, entertainment, and ad copy.M [...]

    6. I gave it two stars, but it is mostly because the book is a little on the dry side. It has some interesting things, but it can also bog down at times depending on the chapter. Her dislike of bloggers is very evident, which certainly did not make me like her any better; while debatable whether bloggers should be treated as journalists (some probably should), in her despise of them she comes across as someone who is just not with the times, which is kind of ironic given she is making an argument f [...]

    7. Rather depressing outline of where journalism has fallen apart. Some due to economic pressure, but she argues that the biggest problems lies with doormat reporters who cow-tow to increasingly manipulative politicians. I so agree. She contrasts war reporting in Vietnam with war reporting in Iraq. Things are worse. I think if she had lived, she would have loved Snowden. Easy read, with lots of name dropping and little stories. She does make an excellent larger point about the decline of democracy [...]

    8. She is a feisty old lady with a lot of history in her bones. It was a good read if only for some of the great stories from her years in the White House Press Corps. Yes, it can be dry at times, but that's the way history plays out sometimes. It doesn't make the events any less important. What she drives home throughout the entire book is the need for journalists, and good, true ones at that. There will always be a need for people to deliver the facts, the unbiased truth.

    9. Helen Thomas - a brilliant member of the Washington Pres Corps - discusses the complacency of journalists in the last 35 years regarding the hot topics of the White House. What happened to journalists asking the difficult questions and not taking the President's or the Press Sec's word as gospel. She poses an interesting dichotomy between the flack and the hack. :)

    10. Though it touches on a number of points from a journalist's perspective that opened my eyes about the history of the presidential press corps (and effects of the previous administrations' policy of secrecy), much of the book was dedicated to paeanic lists of all the wonderful reporters she has known. Perhaps it would be more relevant for a journalism student.

    11. Helen Thomas was an incredible woman Her accomplishments were far-reaching and I think anyone interested in journalism as a career, or if they love history, should read it. Whether you agree with her or not, you will have to respect her strength in standing up for her beliefs. I am so glad I read this book. . .

    12. Enjoyed the historical perspective that only Helen Thomas can share firsthand on the White House press corpsbut the book could have been summed up in an op ed piece.

    13. Honest, thorough history of the flaws in the field. As good as "Waiting for Superman: is for education. As call to action that my hopeful side waits to see take affect.

    14. Helen Thomas shares some valuable insights about the media but the book was pretty dry and could've been summed up in a few chapters.

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