Professors Jennifer E. Moore and Michael J. Socolow look at the recent physical attacks on reporters and their places of work and remind us that Americans have a long history of shooting the messenger when they don’t like the message. A snippet:
Regulatory mandates such as the public interest standard and the Fairness Doctrine followed the development of radio and television. They further enshrined a “just-the-facts” sensibility in American journalism.
From our vantage point as historians in 2018, we can now see this era of objectivity lasted from about 1930 to 2000, beginning with the introduction of broadcast journalism via radio to the emergence of the multichannel cable television universe and the web’s development.