Tragedy And Farce

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Tragedy & Fare Based on James Madison’s quote, “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both,” authors John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney follow this principle throughout their book, Tragedy & Farce. Published in 2005, Tragedy & Farce is about the changing culture of journalism resulting in war, unfair elections, and the destruction of democracy. The author’s point of view is first person as he narrates the entire book. He uses quotes from interview segments from multiple sources including controversial congressmen and television anchors. The author’s thesis is the revival of democracy-sustaining journalism made up of three components. “It must be a rigorous watchdog of those in power and those who wish to be in power; it must present a wide range of informed views on the most pressing issues of the day; and it must be able to expose deception and permit the truth to rise to the top.” The purpose of writing Tragedy & Farce is not to pity on the story of the ultimate defeat of democracy, “rather it is a record of the crisis.” John Nicholas and Robert McChesney are the authors of Tragedy & Farce. They are media analysts and founders of the national media reform group, Free Press. Nicolas is The Nation’s Washington correspondent and an editor at the Capital Times. He is also author of The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney and Jews for Buchanan. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. McChesney is a professor at the University of Illinois and is the author of the award-winning book Rich Media, Poor Democracy. He and Nichols have also written the book, Our Media, Not Theirs. He lives in Champaign, Illinois. Tragedy & Farce was written as an advanced book as it ties current ideas and circumstances with historical elections and the progression of journalism. It

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