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Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; News From China, The

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12/13/1958

Penn Kimball poses the question “What about Communist China? _-_ _-_ Louis Lyons moderates a discussion between Theodore H. White, author and foreign correspondent and John K. Fairbank, Associate Director for Asian Studies, Harvard University. _-_ _-_ Quote from Theodore White “The greatest unreported revolution in modern times is taking place in Communist China, and the American people are almost totally ignorant about what is taking place”. _-_ _-_ Quote from John K. Fairbank “Questions like the diplomatic recognition of red China, or its’ admission to the United Nations, are completely overshadowed by the problem of getting American correspondents into red China so we can get some news out”. _-_ _-_ Louis Lyons poses the questions “What do we really know as newspaper readers about China? How good is what we feel we know? What has the press really been doing for us on this?” _-_ _-_ They discuss restrictions on American journalists being allowed into China and the effect this has had on the veracity of news that is coming out of China; the lack of in-depth journalism being accepted into most newspapers who are more interested in human interest stories; the American people's lack of interest in such a monumental subject and the responsibility of the press and the government to inform the people about the momentous changes in China and their potential effect worldwide.


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Series
Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People
Program
News From China, The
Program Number

1

Series Description

Louis Lyons hosts this series of programs that discuss the problems and performance of the American Press in reporting leading questions of the day. Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Louis Lyons (moderator), Penn Kimball, interviewer, guests: Theodore H. White, author and foreign correspondent and John K. Fairbank, Associate Director for Asian Studies, Harvard University. Penn Kimball poses the question “What about Communist China?

Penn Kimball poses the question “What about Communist China?

Louis Lyons moderates a discussion between Theodore H. White, author and foreign correspondent and John K. Fairbank, Associate Director for Asian Studies, Harvard University.

Quote from Theodore White “The greatest unreported revolution in modern times is taking place in Communist China, and the American people are almost totally ignorant about what is taking place”.

Quote from John K. Fairbank “Questions like the diplomatic recognition of red China, or its’ admission to the United Nations, are completely overshadowed by the problem of getting American correspondents into red China so we can get some news out”.

Louis Lyons poses the questions “What do we really know as newspaper readers about China? How good is what we feel we know? What has the press really been doing for us on this?”

They discuss restrictions on American journalists being allowed into China and the effect this has had on the veracity of news that is coming out of China; the lack of in-depth journalism being accepted into most newspapers who are more interested in human interest stories; the American people's lack of interest in such a monumental subject and the responsibility of the press and the government to inform the people about the momentous changes in China and their potential effect worldwide.

Keywords: Media History Journalism China Communism United States foreign relations International relations Newspaper publishing Foreign news World politics

Subject heading: Historical television programs

Proper names: Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897- Fairbank, John King, 1907- White, Theodore, H. Lyford, Joseph Brydon, Loyd

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Mass media criticism--United States
Media and politics
Mass media--China--History--20th century
Foreign correspondents--China
United States--Foreign relations--China
Mass media--Economic aspects--United States
Communes (China)
Mass media--Social aspects--United States
Communism and mass media--China
Newspaper publishing--United States--History--20th century
China--Politics and government--1949-1976
Mass Media--History--United States
China--History--Civil War, 1945-1949
Mass media--Censorship--China
Locations
Boston, MA
Genres
Talk Show
Topics
Public Affairs
Contributors
Brydon, Loyd (Director)
Fairbank, John King, 1907- (Guest)
White, Theodore, H. (Guest)
Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897- (Presenter)
Lyford, Joseph (Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; News From China, The,” 12/13/1958, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1AB1FAF3B3F6412FBD12AA87AD57ED4B.
MLA: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; News From China, The.” 12/13/1958. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1AB1FAF3B3F6412FBD12AA87AD57ED4B>.
APA: Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; News From China, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1AB1FAF3B3F6412FBD12AA87AD57ED4B
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