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Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Public and The Publisher, The

Part of Press and the People.

03/12/1959

Louis Lyons interviews Elmo Roper, public opinion analyst, and Palmer Hoyt, editor and publisher of The Denver Post. He poses the questions “What is the job of a newspaper? Is it to give the public what it wants, or should the newspaper give the public what it needs to be informed?” _-_ _-_ Roper is quoted as saying “When we criticize our press we ought to remember one important fact – to most Americans, reading is a difficult experience; it is plain hard work. This has had an important bearing on the character of our daily newspapers” _-_ _-_ Hoyt is quoted as saying “the modern American newspaper has two major responsibilities - one, to inform the public, and two, to stay in business. The paper that fails to inform is the paper most likely to fail financially”


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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
Public and The Publisher, The
Program Number

14

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 interviews Elmo Roper, public opinion analyst, and Palmer Hoyt, editor and publisher of The Denver Post

He poses the questions “What is the job of a newspaper? Is it to give the public what it wants, or should the newspaper give the public what it needs to be informed?”

Roper is quoted as saying “When we criticize our press we ought to remember one important fact – to most Americans, reading is a difficult experience; it is plain hard work. This has had an important bearing on the character of our daily newspapers”

Hoyt is quoted as saying “the modern American newspaper has two major responsibilities - one, to inform the public, and two, to stay in business. The paper that fails to inform is the paper most likely to fail financially”

Keywords: Media History Journalism Newspaper publishing

Subject headings: Historical television programs

Proper names: Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897- Roper, Elmo, 1900-1971 Hoyt, Edwin Palmer Lyford, Joseph Brydon, Loyd

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Mass media--Ethical aspects--United States
Mass media--Economic aspects--United States
Mass media criticism--United States
Mass Media--History--United States
Monopolies--United States--History--20th century
Newspaper publishing--United States--History--20th century
Mass media--Social aspects--United States
Public opinion polls--United States--History
Journalism--United States--Public opinion
Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States
Media and politics
Locations
Boston, MA
Genres
Talk Show
Topics
Public Affairs
Contributors
Roper, Elmo, 1900-1971 (Guest)
Hoyt, Edwin Palmer (Guest)
Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897- (Presenter)
Brydon, Loyd (Director)
Lyford, Joseph (Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Public and The Publisher, The,” 03/12/1959, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1DAAAAEB711D4E52BEA79B490F844852.
MLA: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Public and The Publisher, The.” 03/12/1959. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1DAAAAEB711D4E52BEA79B490F844852>.
APA: Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Public and The Publisher, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1DAAAAEB711D4E52BEA79B490F844852
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