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Bad News Travels Fast

The Telegraph, Libel, and Press Freedom in the Progressive Era

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Bad News Travels Fast by Patrick C File
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At the turn of the twentieth century, American journalists transmitted news across the country by telegraph. But what happened when these stories weren't true? In Bad News Travels Fast, Patrick C. File examines a series of libel cases by a handful of plaintiffs - including socialites, businessmen, and Annie Oakley - who sued newspapers across the country for republishing false newswire reports. Through these cases, File demonstrates how law and technology intertwined to influence debates about reputation, privacy, and the acceptable limits of journalism. This largely forgotten era in the development of American libel law provides crucial historical context for contemporary debates about the news media, public discourse, and the role of a free press. File argues that the legal thinking surrounding these cases laid the groundwork for the more friendly libel standards the press now enjoys and helped to establish today's regulations of press freedom amid the promise and peril of high-speed communication technology.

Author Biography

Patrick C. File is an assistant professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Release date NZ
January 30th, 2019
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Massachusetts Press
Pages
160
ISBN-13
9781625343741
Product ID
27875418

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