Title Enemy of the People
Subtitle Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy
Author Marvin Kalb
ISBN 9780815735304
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 180
Book size 140 x 206 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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Shortly after assuming office in January 2017, President Donald Trump accused the press of being an “enemy of the American people.” Attacks on the media had been a hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign, but this charge marked a dramatic turning point: language like this ventured into dangerous territory. Twentieth-century dictators—notably, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao—had all denounced their critics, especially the press, as  “enemies of the people.”  Their goal was to delegitimize the work of the press as “fake news” and create confusion in the public mind about what’s real and what isn’t; what can be trusted and what can’t be.

That, it seems, is also Trump’s goal. In Enemy of the People, Marvin Kalb, an award-winning American journalist with more than six decades of experience both as a journalist and media observer, writes with passion about why we should fear for the future of American democracy because of the unrelenting attacks by the Trump administration on the press.

As his new book shows, the press has been a bulwark in the defense of democracy. Kalb writes about Edward R. Murrow’s courageous reporting on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “red scare” theatrics in the early 1950s, which led to McCarthy’s demise. He reminds us of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s reporting in the early 1970s that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

Today, because of revolutionary changes in journalism, no Murrow is ready at the battlements. Journalism has been severely weakened. Yet, without a virile, strong press, democracy is in peril.

Kalb’s book is a frightening indictment of President Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the American press—and put the future of our democracy in question.


Contents:

Acknowledgments

Preface

Chapter 1: Crossing a Flashing Red Line

Chapter 2: From Nero to Trump

Chapter 3: “The Appalling Becomes Excusable”

Chapter 4: The Comparison Is Unmistakable

Chapter 5: “He Had a Certain Raw Wit and Charm”

Chapter 6: Ike vs. McCarthy

Chapter 7: Senator, Meet Edward R. Murrow

Chapter 8: From the War in Europe to the War in America

Chapter 9: “Otherwise, It Is Not America”

Chapter 10: A Free Press, Now More Than Ever

Notes

Index


About the Author:

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert in national security, with a focus on U.S. relations with Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. His new book, “Enemy of the People” will be published in September 2018. His latest book is “The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in Russia” (Brookings Institution Press, 2017). Other books include “Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed” (Brookings Institution Press, 2013), wherein he looks at how presidential commitments can lead to the use of American military force, and “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), co-written with Deborah Kalb, which examines the Vietnam War’s extraordinary impact on presidential decision making over the past four decades.

Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and anchor of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Kalb went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Kalb is the Murrow professor emeritus at Harvard and hosts The Kalb Report at the National Press Club.


Target Audience:

People interested in Political Science.

 

 
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