aspiring public servants

Authors such as John Dewey, Edna Ferber, Dashiell Hammett, and Theodore White all stood accused, as did many U.S. career diplomats. The political witch hunts tarnished a generation of aspiring public servants across all walks of life but particularly those in more liberal circles. Years later, reporter E.J. Kahn of the New Yorker magazine blamed McCarthy for the fumbling U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Kahn made a case that the State Department had been so decimated 15 years earlier by McCarthy’s recklessness that the diplomats with knowledge of China and Asia were mostly gone. The State Department had a vacuum of expert knowledge of Asian languages, cultures, and peoples, thus was unprepared to deal with the complexities of the Vietnamwar.

Most would agree that there had been a fair amount of journalistic failurein regard to McCarthy’s unsubstantiated but relentless allegations. The Bennett Model for news, whatever its virtues, had shown flaws with its emphasis on superficial facts, deadlines, and an obsession for appearances of objectivity.

Writing Prompt Applying Your Media Literacy – Bennett News Model

How can a single-minded pursuit of objective tone lead to journalistic failure? Cite


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6.3 Rethinking News Models

Study Preview Earlier paradigms for news have become obsolete by technology-generated changes in mass media. Among the many changes have been an explosion of news sources and approaches and concurrent audience fragmentation. A hybrid news model is evolving to meld perspective with straightforward coverage. A hybrid model from the New York Times uses a complex labeling system to alert readers to stories within context.

Learning Objectives By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. 6.3.1 Evaluate the effect of the Hutchins Commission on U.S. journalism
  2. 6.3.2 Explain how news delivery changed when new platforms emerged
  3. 6.3.3 Compare U.S. newspaper industry environments over time
  4. 6.3.4 Analyze the New York Times hybrid newspaper model

6.3.1 Hutchins Model 1. Objective: Evaluate the effect of the Hutchins Commission on U.S.


In 1947, before Joseph McCarthy had been elected to the U.S. Senate, a group of scholars headed by one of the era’s leading scholars and intellectual, Robert Hutchins, issued a report that called for news media to become more socially responsible. The Commission on Freedom of the Press, more commonly called the Hutchins Commission, added dimension to the Bennett Model for news. The commission said that news needed to be presented in meaningful context. The commission was concerned about the superficial deadline-driven, fact-obsessed journalistic practices that had prevailed since Bennett’s time than with “a truthful, comprehensive account

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