Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of Partisanship in the Press

The History of the Partisan Press

Co-Anchor and Managing Editor at PBS Judy Woodruff spoke with author and historian Jon Meacham about the history of partisan newspapers and the press. He spoke about the the press in the early United States and the impact of the progressive era and the Fairness Doctrine on the neutrality of the press.

Description

Co-Anchor and Managing Editor at PBS Judy Woodruff spoke with author and historian Jon Meacham about the history of partisan newspapers and the press. He spoke about the the press in the early United States and the impact of the progressive era and the Fairness Doctrine on the neutrality of the press.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe the level of partisanship in the press during the early part of American history.
  • What factors led the press to become more neutral in the 20th century?
  • What was the Fairness Doctrine? How did it impact the press?
  • How is Joseph McCarthy's rise and fall an example of a balanced press?
  • How is the current level of partisanship in the press like the situation in the early part of American history?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Airwaves
    • Fairness Doctrine
    • Journalism
    • Media
    • Neutrality
    • New York Times
    • Objective
    • Opinion
    • Partisan
    • Press
    • Radio
    • Walter Cronkite

    Topics

    Media