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Minnesota Rag: Corruption, Yellow Journalism, and the Case That Saved Freedom of the Press 1st Edition

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"Brings back to life the people and events of the turbulent period in American history that shaped Near v. Minnesota. This book is a useful reminder that many great legal precedents protecting theliberty of us all were won by fighting battles on behalf of reprobates."

About the Author

Fred W. Friendly (1915-1998) spent virtually his entire life in journalism. With his partner Edward R. Murrow, he was responsible for many of television's most distinguished moments. After serving as president of CBS News, he was named professor of journalism at Columbia University.

Product Details

  • Series: Minnesota
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816641617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816641611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on September 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Journalist, writer, producer, and professor Fred W. Friendly captures a slice of first amendment drama in his historic account of a landmark decision. His lack of objectivity shows, however, in such descriptions as "Morrison was a puritanical Christian of courtly dress and manners" (p. 8) and "Minnesota Rag" in the title. With that aside, Friendly goes on to provide the background of the individuals involved in this case. He tells readers of the prominent characters and their connection to the newspaper in question. Colonel McCormick, from Chicago, who had many more resources available than Jay Near in Minnesota, was drawn to the case due to press protection ramifications. Friendly goes on to describe how events unfolded.
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