Moses on the press

January 1963
Columbia Journalism Review;Winter1963, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p45
This section presents excerpts from the article Moses Meets the Press--Head On, which appeared in the August 5, 1962 issue of The New York Times Magazine. No newspaper, not even the famous New York Times, has the resources in men and facilities to employ genuine experts on every conceivable subject to convert spot news into the language and reliability of an encyclopedia. The recent practice of government to draw on capitol, city hall and political reporters for secretaries to elected and other officials, and to incorporate them as public-relations counselors in the permanent bureaucracy is supposed to protect the honorable, address the rough road of the commissar and bridge the gap between the government and the press. The power of the press, radio and television to make or break any man in public life sufficiently prominent to be featured is awesome and often grossly unfair from the point of view of impartial presentation and the weighing of ultimate verities. Cultivation of the press has become one of the major courses in the teaching of the black art of public relations. It is an art which reaches beyond contacts, personal acquaintances, convention and clubs. On the whole, the independence of news and editorials has been a bright area in journalism, but it is an independence which honest publisher will admit needs constant watching.


Related Articles

  • Government Press Agents. Gale, John // New Republic;10/19/42, Vol. 107 Issue 16, p489 

    Focuses on the condition of the U.S. government's press agents. Comment that Washington press agents are reportedly as numerous as the sands of the sea; Manifestation of affection for government press agents by columnists; Fact that no longer can publishers keep an experienced newspaperman...

  • Shoot the Works. Broun, Heywood // New Republic;12/22/37, Vol. 93 Issue 1203, p195 

    Focuses on the relationship between advertising and the free press. Neutrality of advertisers in news coverage; Accuracy of news coverage; Importance of advertising for publishers.

  • Israel's maverick Hadashot. Friedman, Robert I. // Columbia Journalism Review;Jul/Aug1984, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p12 

    This article provides information on the journalistic approach adopted by the Israeli newspaper Hadashot that caused them to inadvertently defy censorship laws as of July 1984. In the months since Hadashot first appeared on the crowded Israeli newspaper scene earlier in the year, its prospects...

  • The Gift of Seeing--Seeing in Time.  // Journalism Quarterly;Summer75, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p212 

    Reports on the increasing number of reporters in the U.S. Promotion of intellectual vigilance; Evolution of the chapters of American journalism; Disclosure of the abuses of presidential power.

  • A SACRED TRUST. Sulzberger Jr., Arthur // Quill;Sep2004 Supplement, p16 

    The article presents the author's reflections on the history of the New York Times newspaper. While publication of the Pentagon papers by the New York Times had profound consequences, I doubt that anyone fully understood the extent of the leap that we were about to take into the journalistic and...

  • Washington Notes. T. R. B. // New Republic;4/21/41, Vol. 104 Issue 16, p531 

    Focuses on issues related to freedom of the press in the United States. View that the American press has been protecting its Constitution-given freedom from one imaginary threat or another ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office; Report that Elisha Hanson, counsel to the American...

  • Burma: Draft Publishing Law Criticized. Johnson, Constance // Global Legal Monitor;Mar2013, p1 

    The article reports on the criticism of the Printers and Publishers Registration Act in Burma. It reveals that the draft printing law restricts freedom of the press by banning any printing of material that could be seen as dissenting from the government. In addition, the law establishes a...

  • Community Structure and Media Use. Olien, C. N.; Donohue, G. A.; Tichenor, P. J. // Journalism Quarterly;Autumn78, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p445 

    Focuses on the trend towards a concentration of press ownership in Paris, France. Economic impact of television broadcasting on the newspaper publishing and readership; Decline in the number of regional newspapers after World War II; Factors that spurred the rise of new dailies in 1977;...

  • The People's Daily: Politics and Popular Will - Journalistic Defiance in China During the Spring of 1989. Tan, Frank // Pacific Affairs;Summer90, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p151 

    The article explores how editors and reporters at the pinnacle of China's official communist newspaper, the "People's Daily," defied government controls to express prodemocracy sentiments and promote the cause of student demonstrators in the spring of 1989. An analysis of two months of news...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics