TITLE

The Civil Rights Movement: A Press Perspective

AUTHOR(S)
Nelson, Jack
PUB. DATE
September 2001
SOURCE
Human Rights;Fall2001, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the role and influence of news media in changing the public opinion over subsequent years and also concentrates on the perspective of this media on the civil rights movement. For the United States, the civil rights movement that Jr. Martin Luther King came to personify was a transforming force. For the law and the news media, it brought to an end attitudes and practices in the South and elsewhere that shamed both law and journalism. As a changing news media began to show the whole country how the law was applied or misapplied in the South, public opinion cried out for change. And the rule of law became an instrument for ending terrible injustices and changing a whole society. Much less attention has been given to the role of the press in covering the civil rights movement and the fact is that, except for the New York Times, the national press paid relatively little attention to civil rights issues until after the Supreme Court's 1954 school desegregation decision. Most of the press was content to cover civil rights simply as a breaking news story instead of exposing the underlying injustices and social problems African Americans faced.
ACCESSION #
5744317

Tags: PRESS -- Influence;  CIVIL rights movements;  PUBLIC opinion;  ADMINISTRATIVE law;  SOCIAL problems

 

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